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81 cars seized in Dubai for racing

Amira Agarib /Dubai
amira@khaleejtimes.com Filed on June 12, 2016 | Last updated on June 12, 2016 at 10.03 am
81 cars seized in Dubai for racing

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The police has right to sell the confiscated cars if the drivers did not approach the police within three months from the date of confiscation for releasing the vehicle.


The Dubai Police have confiscated 81 cars of drivers who were involved in illegal racing and stunt driving.

Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, said the police were informed about cars without number plates involved in racing and stunt driving on various Dubai roads, especially in Al Aweer and Ras Al Khor areas. He said the drivers removed the number plates intentionally, thinking that the police would not be able to identify them.

The police patrols and the operations room coordinated to identify and seize the vehicle, said the police chief, adding that the lives of traffic policemen were also at risk while trying to follow the racing cars. They were driving recklessly at high speeds without using the car lights, which posed danger to the road users' lives too. Many of the cars were speeding at over 300kmph, without considering the danger of possible collision and skidding of the vehicles, said Maj.-Gen. Al Mazeina.

As per the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Resolution number 29 of the year 2015 was enacted regarding confiscation of vehicles that involve in racing without getting permission, bikes involved in fun riding on paved roads, vehicles making illegal modification to increase speed or causing noise, said Al Mazeina, adding that the move aims at ensuring the safety of road users.

As per the law, the police has right to sell the confiscated cars if the drivers did not approach the police within three months from the date of confiscation for releasing the vehicle. The law also stipulates to deport non-citizen heavy truck drivers who jump the red signal.

Al Mazeina said police patrols respond fast to the calls from the public about reckless driving and racing.

Fines can reach up to Dh100,000 for racing

Motorists who participate in racing without permission will have to pay a Dh100,000 fine to release the confis-cated vehicle, while owners of seized bikes will need to pay a Dh50,000 fine. For the ve-hicles seized for illegal modi-fications to increase speed or noise, owners will have to pay a Dh10,000 fine.

Major-general Khamis Mattar  

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