Scheme for dis­counted fines ‘should be scrapped’

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Po­lice in Abu Dhabi have sug­gested get­ting rid of a scheme that al­lows drivers to just pay 50 per cent of out­stand­ing traf­fic fines if they pay within a cer­tain time pe­riod. Bri­gadier Hus­sein Ahmed Al Harithi, di­rec­tor of Cen­tral Po­lice Op­er­a­tions at Abu Dhabi Po­lice, yes­ter­day said the of­fer was be­ing taken ad­van­tage of by drivers who are not both­ered at the thought of com­mit­ting road of­fences be­cause they are as­sured of a re­duc­tion in the penalty. “Re­duc­ing traf­fic fines makes some drivers com­mit many of­fences be­cause they know they will get a dis­count and hence pay­ing fines be­comes a non­de­ter­rent for vi­o­la­tions for these mo­torists,” said Al Harithi. He added that in their ef­forts to im­prove road safety, Abu Dhabi Po­lice are plan­ning to speak with author­i­ties across the emi­rates to see if they will con­sider stop­ping giv­ing out dis­counts across the board. The dis­count ini­tia­tive, first ap­proved by the Min­istry Of In­te­rior in 2010, was in­tended to of­fer help to those mo­torists who have lim­ited in­comes and have ac­cu­mu­lated traf­fic vi­o­la­tion fines that they could not pay them on time.

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