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Dubai: A white points system has been implemented by Dubai Police to encourage motorists to follow traffic rules and become safer drivers. The white points can redeemed in many ways and can even help cancel some fines.

People with valid driving licences issued from Dubai who have one or more Dubai-registered vehicles in their names will benefit from the new system.

Other conditions to be eligible for the white points system include, not having any traffic violation on the driver’s licence or the vehicle registered in the name of the driving licence holder during the year — that includes Salik fines and traffic fines in other emirates.

The system was proposed by Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police Chief, in order to achieve the highest level of traffic safety and create a safe and accident-free community.

Each eligible person can receive a total of 12 white points a year, one for each month. One white point will be credited at the end of each month. A motorist loses his entitlement to the month’s point on being involved in any kind of accident or committing a violation during that month.

The white points are valid for a year. If one complies with the rules and regulations and earns white points for five consecutive years, one will be eligible to a raffle draw on a vehicle.

When one commits a serious offence, one that warrants 24 black points and the suspension of the driver’s licence, that person will not qualify for any white points for an entire year, starting on the day the driver’s licence suspension is revoked.

If someone is driving a vehicle licensed by someone else and commits a violation, both the driver and the owner of the vehicle will forego any white points for that month.