By Elsa Baxter
Police to clamp down on motorists who avoid fines by disguising their car number plates.
Dubai Police have lost out on AED296m worth of traffic fines because motorists have manipulated or covered their car licence plate, it has been reported.
Brigadier Mohamed Saif Al Zafin, director of the General Department of Traffic told Khaleej Times 300,130 traffic violations had to be cancelled last year because of owners disguising their vehicle number plate.
One driver who had racked up 30 offences worth AED52,000 in fines had covered part of the plate with the UAE flag, the paper reported.
Officers are taking action to reduce these instances by installing additional cameras on Dubai’s roads.
“Some people think radars only take shots of the number plates in front, but we have radars installed in each road of Dubai and they can photograph both the front and rear plates,” Al Zafin told the paper.
I commend the Dubai Police for recognising the issue - that's a lot of money they have missed out on...shame they're not going to recoup much of it with their new strategy. So motorists have avoided fines because they disguised the number plate on the front of the car to avoid the radar camera taking a clear image of the plate. And what does the police do...they install new radars that take photos of the rear and front plates. Bravo...shame you've told everyone your cunning plan...you obviously didn't consider that the very people that disguise the front plate, will now disguise the rear plate too?
Hey Jonnie! Well, yeah it does seem wierd that the article decided to stress the financial loss for Dubai police --> and not the critical lapse in traffic safety due to moronic drivers.. Like, who cares bout the money lost, just prevent deaths on these roads mate! Hmm.. well wait a minute.. just by announcing new cameras with front-and-back photo capture, DP has added to the hysteria. Drivers will have to think twice (and look over their shoulders ;p ) before flouting the law.. Well, DP doesnt really need to shell out more money installing these cams.. they save a lot by just making people "believe" tht its true! Now thts genius..
In my lighthearted dig at DP as you call them, I was by no means suggesting that the installation of cameras that take photos of the front and rear of a vehilcle is the way forward; merely that by announcing it, DP has allowed the very drivers this is supposed to target, to yet again manipulate the system. Cameras are not the answer; they should only support a visible responsive presence on the roads that targets speeding and unsafe drivers.