A speed radar set up by Dubai Police on Al Khail Road at the Abukhadra interchange. Image Credit: HADRIAN HERNANDEZ/Gulf News Archive

Dubai: Excessive speeding, overtaking on the hard shoulder and driving recklessly can land a driver with hefty fines.

But one driver in particular broke so many traffic rules that Ras Al Khaimah Police issued him a fine of Dh1 million.

“The motorist was caught by radars on the roads, and found him committing a number of traffic violations, including speeding,” Major General Ali Abdullah Bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, told the Arabic daily Al Khaleej.

The Dh1m fine is the most expensive that Ras Al Khaimah authorities had to issue in recent years, with the second largest fine recorded at Dh250,000.  

However, the two motorists did receive some leniency and were granted a 50 per cent discount as part of Ras Al Khaimah Police’s celebration to mark International Happiness Day, which was held last March.

Maj. Gen. Al Nuaimi added that both drivers have since paid their fines.

How to pay fines in instalments

Motorists in Sharjah can pay in instalments if they have fines exceeding Dh1,000.

The instalment plan is limited to vehicles registered within the emirate, and who have traffic fines issued by Sharjah Police.

Motorists can pay 50 per cent as a first instalment and the rest should be paid during the year.

In Dubai, motorists can pay their traffic fines in instalments if they hold credit cards from Emirates Islamic Bank, Commercial International Bank, First Gulf Bank, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Emirates NBD.

Drivers who hold credit cards from these banks can settle their traffic fines over a course of three, six, nine or twelve months — in interest-free instalments. The minimum payment under the instalment plan is Dh500.

All that motorists have to do is to download the Dubai Police app, or use the police website to pay their fines by clicking here.

Payments can also be made through police service centres.