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UAE to consider linking driving licences and health records

Traffic Council discusses new rules including no longer issuing traffic violations in absentia

UAE to consider linking driving licences and health records
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The UAE’s traffic council has proposed a link between health records and driving licences, it has been reported.

The Federal Traffic Council (FTC) discussed a link similar to the Australian practice of linking medical records with motoring authorities, reported Emirates 24/7.

The issuing of traffic violations in absentia is also to be stopped, according to Major General Saif Al Zafeen, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police for Operations.

He said violations such as the failure to wear seat belts or talking on a mobile phone while driving  will no longer be handed out based on suspicion and police officers must be sure of the offence before issuing violation.

Al Zafeen said the council also recommended the allocation of disability parking cards to drivers only. It would mean licences were attached to drivers, not vehicles, to curb the abuse of such cards in parking.

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