Police carry out inspections of vehicles in Sharjah. Motorists with accumulated fines in the emirate will only have to pay only half if they clear the dues by April-end. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Sharjah: Motorists with accumulated fines in Sharjah will only have to pay half of their dues if they opt to settle them by the end of April 2012.

The cut in traffic fines was approved by the Sharjah Executive Council at a meeting on Tuesday.

Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, and Chairman of the Sharjah Executive Council, chaired the meeting which approved the suggestion made by the Sharjah Police Department.

Meanwhile, Ajman also announced a 50 per cent discount on traffic fines for violations committed until the end of this year. The discount starts from January 1 and will last for two months. It includes violations committed in Ajman by cars registered in all emirates.

Major General Humaid Mohammad Al Hudaidi, Director General of Sharjah Police, welcomed the executive council's proposal and said the initiative will reduce the burden of fines yet maintain public safety by deterring violations of traffic laws and regulations. He added that the initiative will be applied on January 1, 2012, and half of the fines accrued for traffic violations registered in the emirate of Sharjah will be dropped. The waiver will be valid for four months, after which the actual value of the fine has to be paid. The discount is applicable for fines committed only upto Tuesday and any violations after that date will attract the fine in full.

Dubai's deadline

Meanwhile, drivers with accumulated traffic fines in Dubai still have a chance to pay them off at a discount of 40 per cent if they do so before January 12.

The discount in Dubai started on September 11 and was originally 30 per cent with a grace period of three months, but it was later extended to include offences committed until December 2, while the deadline was also extended until January 12 and the waiver increased from 30 to 40 per cent.

In Abu Dhabi, drivers are still able to pay their fines at a 50 per cent discount, and no end has been announced so far for the grace period, which started in June, 2010.

Ras Al Khaimah has a 50 per cent waiver on traffic fines for four months starting January 1, while Umm Al Quwain has a similar discount ending December 31.