Car renewal, insurance offences rife in Dubai


By Staff

More than 15,000 drivers defaulted on renewing their car registration or insurance in Dubai in the first half of 2011 and police are planning to impound non-registered vehicles, a newspaper said on Thursday.

“We are tracking down all vehicles which have failed to renew registration to impound them as they endanger road safety,” said Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, director of the Dubai traffic police department.

His figures showed 10,713 cars were not renewed in the first six months of 2011 while 4,646 drivers failed to extend their vehicle insurance.

Zafeen noted that the DubaiRoads and Transport Authority wrote off nearly 13,000 unregistered vehicles in the first quarter of 2011.

“Measures involving Impounding unregistered vehicles and cancelling drivers’ traffic files are in line with recent regulations to preserve road safety in the emirate,” he said, quoted by the semi official daily Alittihad.

“Impounded vehicles are usually auctioned after all their dues are settled…Dubai traffic police will pursue a campaign to seize all unregistered vehicles.”

Zafeen said traffic police have been given “clear” instructions to immediately seize any car which defaults on registration for at least three months after the expiry of its registration, adding that such cars will not be released before their registration is renewed by their owners.