DUBAI ó As many as 883 residents have appealed against traffic fines issued against them this year, a senior police officer has said.
All residents have the right to appeal if they feel that they have been unfairly fined, said Major-General Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, Director of the General Department of Traffic. “If we find that the complainant was correct, we will cancel the fine,” he told Khaleej Times.
“However, if the fine was appropriately issued, they should pay.
“We are not concerned about collecting money, but we are trying to prevent road accidents and unnecessary deaths,” he said.
According to statistics, the majority of the complainants were UAE nationals — 228 of whom appealed against fines during the last 10 months. In addition, there were 120 Egyptians, 85 Pakistanis, 71 Syrians, 69 Indians, 54 Jordanians, 41 Lebanese and 28 Iranians. There were fewer complaints from people of other nationalities, Al Zafin said. A large number of fines were issued for parking vehicles inappropriately. “We assure residents that we would not issue fines if somebody has not violated the law,” he said.