409 motorbikes seized in two months in Ras Al Khaimah

Brigadier Ghanim Ahmed Ghanim, director-general of the Central Operations Department, RAK Police, said most of the scooters seized were unregistered while others were noisy.

By Ahmed Shaaban – Senior Reporter

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Published: Sun 29 Mar 2015, 11:21 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:36 PM

Some of the motorbikes that were impounded in Ras Al Khaimah. — Supplied photo

Ras Al Khaimah — The Traffic and Patrol Department of the RAK Police has impounded 409 motorbikes in February and March this year for flouting rules.

Brigadier Ghanim Ahmed Ghanim, director-general of the Central Operations Department, RAK Police, said most of the scooters seized were unregistered while others were noisy.

“The motor bikers nabbed, mostly young men, were riding their motorbikes recklessly in a way that posed a risk to their lives and other road users, as well.”

The six-month campaign to cover all areas, regions and roads of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah mainly targets  unregistered scramblers, locally known as Abu Sheraa, meaning the Winged, he added.

“The daily raids go with the strategy and initiatives of the Ministry of Interior which are meant to enhance road safety, better flow, curb traffic congestion, road accidents and casualties.”

Brig Ghanim said the riders of these illegal and unregistered scramblers are liable to serious injuries and fractures. “The roads of the emirate have seen several serious accidents involving bicycles and motorbikes due to crossing the road from specified areas and ignoring safety rules.”

Last year, the RAK Police impounded more than 800 motorbikes, mainly driven by young children and teenagers, for reckless driving, bothering residents, and being unlicensed for driving.

“All the motorbikes involved in any such violations are impounded and offered for sale in a public auction. However, the bikes cannot be used in the UAE.”

Warning, he said young people and teenagers opt to racing and performing stunts with their engine-amended motorbikes at crowded areas and vital roads posing a big risk to the life of road users and theirs.

“Bikes, irrespective of their engine capacity, must be registered, and the driver must possess a valid motorcycle driving license whereas any violation must be dealt with punishment as per law,” he said, urging the owners of these motorbikes to practice their hobbies only at the designated areas.

“Such motorbikes may only be ridden at special rings or tracks,” he said.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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