‘Lucky’ car number plates could land in somebody else’s possession: police

DUBAI - Car number plates considered as ‘lucky’ by their owners but yet to be renewed could land in somebody else’s possession, traffic authories warned yesterday.

By A Correspondent

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Published: Sun 29 Aug 2004, 11:22 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:22 PM

The traffic department gave car owners a period of three months to sort out the matter. “If you are the owner of a lucky number, then hurry up to renew its registration to keep it in your name, or else your day would be ruined if you see the same number of somebody else’s car moving on the street,” was the message from Lieutenant-Colonel Hani Jamal Al Sawalhi, head of Traffic Engineering and Road Safety at the Dubai Traffic Police Department. He said owners of such numbers have the right to re-use them. But many people had ignored regulations and failed to renew the number-keeping process.

He said the department had not yet decided to withdraw such numbers and give it to some other car owner.

“However, when the registration of a given number has not been renewed, then its owner would only have himself to blame when the number is lost to somebody else,” said the official.

The law followed by Dubai Police, he explained, allows a person to keep a number as long as he or she can.

Till it is used on a car, provided that Dh40 is paid for each six-month period, and Dh80 for a full year.

When the period is over, then the department is forced to give the number to somebody else. Lt-Col Sawalhi said owners of these neglected numbers now have three months to renew the registrations.

After the three months are over, the more than 40,000 numbers thar are now available would gradually be given to new owners.

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