2,468 home-impounded vehicles released after confiscation period
A smart tracking device sends signals to the police if a home-confiscated car is moved.
Sharjah - All released vehicles have completed the confiscation period and its owner paid the fines for the violations.
A total of 2,468 'home-impounded' vehicles have been released by the Sharjah Police after completion of their confiscation period. These were out of the 5,106 vehicles seized during 2018 which were kept at the owners' homes after installing GPS trackers to detect their movement.
Major Marzouq Khalfan Al Naqbi, director of vehicles confiscation section at the Sharjah Police traffic department, said the "home-confiscated" vehicles were involved in a number of violations, including driving with an expired licence, exceeding the maximum speed limit and so on.
Explaining the procedure, he pointed out that "home confiscation" means the vehicle is in the custody of its owner inside the house, and is monitored electronically by installing a smart tracking device fitted inside the vehicle, which sends signals to the police in case the car is moved from its place. "When the initiative was introduced, the police granted a stipulated 50-metre space at the seized car owner's house to move the vehicle. If a car is moved beyond that, it would send an alert signal to the police. However, now the space has been increased to 100 metres to make it easy for residents to be able to move the car to go to mosques and areas in the neighbourhood."
All released vehicles have completed the confiscation period and its owner paid the fines for the violations, he added
Since it was introduced in 2017, the service has played a huge role in reducing violations and solved the problem of space constraint at the police impoundment lot.
Major Al Naqbi urged motorists to adhere to traffic regulations to ensure safety, as well as to avoid fines and confiscation of vehicles.