New system to make rent-a-car tourist customers to pay traffic fines before leaving

DUBAI - Police and civic authorities appear to have installed a mechanism by which fines for traffic violations committed by tourists using vehicles of rent-a-car agencies would be paid before they leave the country.

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Published: Fri 18 Jun 2004, 11:22 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:59 PM

Large amounts to be paid in fines for traffic violations committed by tourist customers have eaten into the profits of rent-a-car companies and caused major financial problems for some over the past years, police officials said.

The matter was discussed extensively by police and municipal authorities this week and ways to link rent-a-car agencies and car sale showrooms electronically with the Fines Section of Dubai Traffic Police Department were scrutinised.

The meeting was attended by Brigadier Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Director of Dubai Traffic Police Department.

Brigadier Saif Al Zafeen said traffic offences committed by visitors and the accumulated fines caused hassles for rent-a-car companies who would know about the offences only after the erring motorist had left the country.

He also said that car showrooms faced a similar problem.

A person buys a car and when he or she goes to register it with police, they discover that they have to pay traffic fines.

The officials discussed the fine and fee collection system at Dubai Municipality, which covers car parkings, general cleanliness and others.

The issue of cars from the AGCC states involved in violations was also discussed.

The officials said the electronic linkup project, when finalised, would help reduce significantly the hassles of second-hand car-sale showrooms and rent-a-car companies in the emirate.

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