UAE traffic fines could be linked to passport control desks

Federal Traffic Council recommendation would see expats who owe traffic fines stopped at the point of departure
UAE traffic fines could be linked to passport control desks
By Staff writer
Sun 31 Jul 2016 06:03 PM

Expats who owe traffic fines could soon find it more difficult to leave the UAE.

Charges owed by foreigners could soon be linked to passport control desks at departure areas in airports, road checkpoints and sea ports following a recommendation at a Federal Traffic Council meeting.

It would see expats who owe traffic fines stopped at the point of departure, whether they are leaving the country permanently or temporarily, reported Khaleej Times.

If the recommendation was approved, smart devices and ATMs would be installed to make the payment of fines easier for the passengers, said Maj Gen Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, director of the council.

The council also recommended that drivers should disclose in writing any illnesses that could affect their ability to drive. It was also suggested that authorities should give names of the people suffering from diseases that may hinder driving to the licensing authorities.

"If the disease was diagnosed after the issuance of the licence, the driver is liable to inform the authorities about the nature of illness," said Al Zafeen.

The meeting was presided over by Lt Gen Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

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