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Dubai drivers rack up AED324m in fines in Q1

Exceeding speed limit by 40kph among top driving offences, RTA data shows

Dubai drivers rack up AED324m in fines in Q1
The UAE has one of the highest rates of road deaths in the world

Dubai motorists notched up an additional AED72m in driving
fines in the first three months of the year, compared to the same period in 2009,
the city’s Roads and Transport Authority said.

Law breakers in the emirate were hit with AED324m in fines for
motoring offences committed around the UAE, compared with AED252m in the same
quarter last year.

The most common offences among drivers included exceeding
the speed limit by up to 40kph, and disturbing traffic flow, said Ahmed
Bahrozyan, CEO of licensing at the RTA.

Dubai’s police chief Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim last
week said the emirate’s traffic police aimed to cut fatalities on the roads
from 70 per 100,000 people, to zero in the next nine years.

The emirate has installed 27 new speed cameras in the
emirate, bringing the total number of monitors to 309, in a bid to cut traffic
accidents.

Speeding is responsible for 80 percent of road accidents in
Dubai, government data shows.

The RTA said this week it is eyeing a nationwide law to
clamp down on new motorists by restricting the type of car they can drive and
the situations they are allowed to drive in.

Bahrozyan said a restricted licence, such as that seen in
Canada, New Zealand and Australia could help tackle the high rate of road
traffic accidents seen in the UAE.

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Mustapha 8 years ago

This level of fines will only hamper Dubai hopes of attracting people and investments.

pepsi 8 years ago

really? having traffic fines has a relation to attracting people and investments? What planet do you live on?

People do not get fined for no reason. They get fined when they break the law, and if someone is put off by that, then perhaps they shouldnt come here.

Business Man 8 years ago

Its the hidden taxes and red tape here that hamper investment not speeding fines. Any businessman thinking of investing here couldn't care less about speeding fines, cameras, stupid drivers etc etc.

Telcoguy 8 years ago

No. what can scare people is the maniac and lawless driving style here. Unless of course they come from KSA/Kuwait, then they will think Dubai drivers are the most careful in the world.

All my recent visitors have been shocked on the way from the airport to marina. Dubai would benefit from stronger enforcement.

ik 8 years ago

Ask expats about the tax they pay Dubai - I wonder if many have the sense to answer this correctly.

Fawwad 8 years ago

This is a big question mark on U.A.E traffic department, specially when it comes to issuing the licenses. They have lots of flows in there traffic systems not only that, there communication towards implementing the proper laws are very weak.

No Doubt... you will stuck in paying lots of fine when you don't know the proper laws.

TheBalancedView 8 years ago

Firstly whether you have an accident at a 100/120/140 - not sure it makes a huge difference.. dangerous/reckless driving is the cause of most accidents going 180 on an empty road is safer than 120 on a busy one etc.

I feel a lot of cameras are placed just to make money and are an indescriminate policing tool, the RTA should publish statistics on age, car, nationality, cause of accidents etc. and focus on problem groups (if any) Likely a lot of offenders are young with powerful vehicles.

Finally this 0 deaths for 100,000 people target! Someone needs to go back to school.

Zero in a 100,000 is the same ratio as zero in 200,000!! Or a million, a billion, or even a trillion.. zero is zero.