Motorists have to clear fines before any transaction

DUBAI - Motorists approaching the Dubai Traffic Police Department for any transaction will have to pay outstanding fines before the transaction is carried out. The move followed a database integration project that links a motorist's traffic file with all the car ownership files relevant to the same person.

By A Correspondent

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Published: Fri 29 Aug 2003, 12:07 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:15 PM

This means if a car is caught by a speed trap, even if driven by somebody other than the owner, the fine will automatically be referred to the owner's traffic file.

This was announced by traffic officials, now manning a state-of-the-art traffic facility at the department and offering combined services involving vehicle registration and driver affairs. Police officials said individuals coming for renewal or modification of driving licences or any related service would be asked first to pay any outstanding traffic fines against them.

The officials said that the fines had to do with violations detected by Dubai Police, but they also said they could indicate if the car was also fined by other traffic authorities in the UAE or by any authority, including the civic body that enforces parking regulations around the city.

"We make sure that all the fines are paid in full before we proceed with the transaction. We have noticed that many motorists fail to pay in time and leave the fines for months before remembering to pay," said an official at the facility, which has some 20 counters manned with computer-trained officials handling all types of vehicle registration and driver-related matters.

The facility also has automated machines offering a variety of police services that can be done through them without having to approach any direct service counter. Dubai Police last month said a total of 17 new traffic services would be available to the public through touch-screen automated machines. The move is aimed at reducing crowds at the various sections of the Dubai Traffic Police Department.

The new services are part of plans to move towards electronic transactions.

The touch-screen machines are now available at various locations in the city including shopping malls and cooperative societies. People can get a tourist's certificate for the vehicle, vehicle ownership certificates, replacement of lost certificates, a three-month renewal of private car numberplate, renewal of car ownership (after conducting technical tests and completing insurance procedures), request a statement about the owned cars, request the traffic department to send the ownership card of a car impounded for an offence and inquire about car registration.

The services also include renewal of a driving licence, but that facility is only available for light vehicles. Replacements for lost or destroyed licences are also possible.

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