Fine-hit driv­ers of­fered life­line

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Dubai’s most er­rant driv­ers have been of­fered the chance to pay their mount­ing fines through in­stal­ments, writes Ali Al Shouk. Dubai Po­lice signed an agree­ment with Abu Dhabi Com­mer­cial Bank to al­low its credit card hold­ers to pay a min­i­mum of Dhs500 per month if they owe more than Dhs5,000. Bri­gadier Hameed Salim Al Suwaidi, Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Fi­nan­cial Depart­ment at Dubai Po­lice, said: “We are al­ways look­ing to open new chan­nels and ways of pay­ment for our cus­tomers to make them happy. “We want them to pay their fines by in­stal­ment to make their lives eas­ier. “Pay­ment must be at least Dhs500 per month and take no more than a year to re­pay the in­stal­ments.” For com­pa­nies with ve­hi­cles, they can use the scheme if the fines are more than Dhs20,000. The force handed out 1.2 mil­lion traf­fic fines dur­ing the first 90 days of 2016 and driv­ers were hit with 3.9 mil­lion fines in 2015 – up from 2.9 mil­lion in 2014. Thomas Edel­mann, founder of the cam­paign group Road­Safe­tyUAE, said ear­lier this year: “Some mo­torists think they can break the law eas­ily, but now we’re see­ing that they can’t get away with it.”

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