Expatriates with traffic fines will not be allowed to leave UAE without paying them, local newspapers have reported citing senior officials in Abu Dhabi Police.
According to the officer, traffic offences would be linked to other local departments and to the immigration and airport so expatriates who commit offences would be barred from leaving the UAE before paying fines, a report on Emirates 24|7 said.
No more discounts for traffic offenders
Abu Dhabi traffic authorities are intending to intensify penalties against road offenders by scrapping a long-standing 50 per cent cut in fines, mainly speeding.
Police said offenders would have to pay the entire fine and those who commit serious offences would be severely punished when the new regulations are enforced shortly.
“We have decided to cancel the 50 per cent cut in the traffic fines within two months. We are also planning to take severe measures against reckless drivers who commit offences exceeding Dh10,000,” said Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harthi, Director-General of Central Operations, Abu Dhabi Police.
More police patrol and speed cameras
Harthi said police would intensify road surveillance by deploying more police patrol and speed cameras to check offenders and improve safety on all roads in the emirate.
As per statistics, accidents killed 77 people in Abu Dhabi the first quarter, a 42 per cent increase over the same period of last year, when 54 people died on roads.