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Dubai: There will soon be a discount on payment of traffic fines in Dubai, the Chief of Dubai Police revealed through his Twitter account.

In reply to a question from one of his account followers on whether there will be a discount on payment of traffic fines for Dubai, as is the case for some other emirates, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim replied by saying “soon”.

He then replied to other questions from other followers and said the discount on payment of Dubai traffic fines will be for a certain period and under the condition of paying all the fines one has. He, however didn’t set a timeframe as to when this discount will start.

Gulf News earlier reported that with amendments to the federal traffic law, traffic departments in all seven emirates are in a position to allow 50 per cent discount on traffic fines.

However, the departments in each emirate will have to decide whether reducing fines should be extended to all motorists or done on a case by case basis.

The ministerial decree, No 400/2010, issued by Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, had made a provision in the law for traffic departments in all emirates to extend the traffic fines discount to all offenders should they wish to do so.

The traffic departments in Abu Dhabi (including Al Ain and Gharbia) started the discounts in June last year.