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Sharjah traffic fines slashed by half

Amira Agarib / 3 April 2013

Drivers with pending traffic fines in Sharjah will have to pay only half the amount they were pinged for if they do so in the next four months.

The decision, issued by the Sharjah Executive Council, was announced by the Sharjah Police Traffic Department on Tuesday.

The Sharjah Executive Council has approved a proposal from the General Directorate of Sharjah Police to waive 50 per cent of the traffic fines if violators settle their dues anytime between April 7 and August 7, said Sharjah Police Commander-in-Chief Major-General Humaid Mohammed Al Hudaidi.

The discount in traffic fines is being offered in Sharjah for the second year running. — KT file photo

The reduction by half would also be extended to violations that involved vehicle seizures, meaning all seized vehicles will only remain impounded for half of the initial time handed down.

However, he said the reduction did not extend to violations related to the municipality, such as parking violations in municipality-designated lots. The police expected the move would encourage motorists to pay off their outstanding fines, especially those with accumulated fines.

Al Hudaidi said this was the second year police were offering a period of 50 per cent discounts, with the same scheme operating from January 1 to April 30 last year.

He said the Sharjah Executive Council had taken the decision to slash fines in response to a proposal made by the Sharjah Police, which would reduce the financial burden on motorists who had committed traffic violations.

“We urge all drivers who have fines to take advantage and pay before the end of the deadline,” he said, expressing it was most important people with multiple fines take advantage of this opportunity to get on top of their debt. 

Sharjah resident Rasha Taj said the announcement was good news for people.

“I have been waiting for this as I had accumulated traffic violations and  I could not pay them off at one time, so such a decision will encourage me to pay... We really appreciate that officials are considering people’s (financial) situations and for sure many will benefit from this.”

Another resident Al Sadiq Hassan said the move was a good step, however authorities had not given details on the mechanism through which they would give the reduction and whether the person would pay the full amount on the spot or  whether it could be paid in installments. 

He said that people have many obligations and this decision would help people pay their fines. “And we suggest also the municipality and RTA do the same thing.”

According to a ministerial decree issued by Lt-Gen Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, traffic departments in all emirates are allowed to offer a discount of up to 50 per cent on traffic fines.

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