Tickets were issued for worn-out tires, no brake lights, broken or unfit indicators or lights and even those driving noisy vehicles
Nearly 850 drivers a week in Abu Dhabi were fined by police during the first three months of 2015 for driving vehicles deemed technically unfit for use on the road, according to the official state news agency WAM.
The latest data showed 7,040 fines were issued to vehicles with worn-out tires, 2,544 to vehicles with no brake lights, 1,375 for vehicles with broken or unfit indicators or lights, 147 to vehicles with gas emissions exceeding specified standards and 179 to vehicles with no lights on the back or sides of trailer container.
Colonel Mohammed Ahmed Saif Al Mazrouei, Chief of Peripheral Regions Traffic Section at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police urged drivers to ensure their vehicle's tires were in good condition, to inspect their rear and side view mirrors and to check their vehicle’s oil level and quality.
"In case of engine overheating, drivers must wait until they are certain that the engine is cool before opening the radiator cap and filling it with water; they need to make sure they close the engine cover, restart the engine and then head to the nearest vehicle repair shop," Colonel Al Mazrouei said.
He also encouraged drivers to provide basic safety items in the vehicle, including a spare tire, a tool kit, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, flares or a reflective triangle, a mobile device battery charger, an electric tire inflator and a flashlight.
Those who are caught driving a vehicle which is unfit to be on the road are liable for fines of up to AED500 ($136) and having their vehicle confiscated.
Those also caught driving a "noisy vehicle" can have it confiscated for 30 days, the report added.