Scheme for discounted fines ‘should be scrapped’
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.