Decree banning registration of pre 2000 model vehicles shelved

DUBAI Keeping in mind public welfare, the authorities in Dubai have decided to freeze the implementation of a decree banning the registration of public transport vehicles (green number plates) of pre 2000 models, Brigadier Engineer Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Director of Dubai Police General Traffic Department said yesterday.

By Eman Al Baik

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Published: Sun 19 Jun 2005, 11:06 AM

Last updated: Wed 19 Oct 2022, 4:08 PM

Consequently, any type of vehicle of any model can now be registered and is renewable if the necessary technical tests are gone through, he assured.

The decision to reconsider the implementation of the decree issued on May 10 by His Highness Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was taken in coordination with Dubai Transport, the authority vested with the responsibility of registration and renewal of public transport vehicles. The decree, which has not yet been published in the official gazette, stated that the new regulation will be enforced after two months from the date of its official publication.

Dubai Transport had prepared executive regulations and a directory of public transport activities classifying it into 19 types.

According to the executive regulations, applicant seeking ‘no objection certificate’ should approach Dubai Transport for registration of a public transport vehicle against a fee of Dh1000.

Owners of public transport companies were taken by surprise when the new move was implemented suddenly, and were in a fix as to what should be done with their vehicles of pre-2000 model.

A number of them complained that the new regulation would result in huge losses for them, and urged the authorities to come up with a solution.

An owner of a public transport company said he was asked by the Traffic Department to approach Dubai Transport which had become the nodal authority for renewal of registration of this segment of vehicles.

Another company owner said he had recently bought a number of public transport vehicles which were all pre-2000 models, and hence not eligible for registration. His application for registration was subsequently rejected.

Complaining that he had invested huge sums of money on these vehicles, he said : “It is a big loss for me. I would not have bought these vehicles if I had known about the decision. Who is responsible for my loss?” The General Traffic Department discussed the issue with Dubai Transport officials and decided to freeze the implementation of the decree.

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