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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Abu Dhabi Police have warned motorists about the fines of jumping a red light. According to Law No. (5) of 2020 AD regarding the seizure of vehicles in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the fine for jumping the red light is Dhs1,000 and 12 traffic points and the vehicle is seized for 30 days.
The financial value for releasing the impounded vehicle and the sized licence is Dhs50,000.
The authorities said that the vehicle would remain seized until the payment is made to release the vehicle within a period of three months.
In the event of non-payment of dues, the vehicle shall be referred for sale in the public auction.
Abu Dhabi Police also warned drivers of the dangers of being distracted with mobile phones and other stuff, which leads to sudden swerving.
The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Central Operations Sector stated that the number of violations of being distracted from the road while driving a vehicle in any form were 30,606 violations during the year 2020, which are classified among the serious violations, which lead to deaths and serious injuries on the roads in Abu Dhabi.
Police said that there is a fine of Dhs800 and four black points for using mobile phones.
Police explained the violations that may lead to vehicle seizures and the resultant retrieval fee, noting that drivers could pay a fine of up to Dhs50,000 after deliberately crashing into and damaging a police patrol vehicle and must cover the costs of any damage, as well as for racing on the roads without permission from the relevant authorities, or if driving with obscured, concealed or distorted licence plates.
Drivers could also pay a fine of up to Dhs50,000 if driving a vehicle in a manner that might endanger themselves or the lives and safety of others or for driving through a red light, potentially resulting in the suspension of their driving licence for up to six months, he further said.
The authorities also explained that drivers could have their vehicles seized or received a fine of up to Dhs10,000 if they modify their vehicle’s engine or chassis without permission, or up to Dhs5,000 if they cause an accident as a result of speeding, suddenly changing lanes, failing to leave a safe distance, not giving pedestrians priority, allowing a child under the age of 10 to sit on the front seat, or exceeding the speed limit.
The decision also stated that the value for unlocking impoundment of a vehicle involved in a car race without obtaining a prior permit from the competent authorities is Dhs50,000.
The two departments have launched the ‘VAST’ system for automated detection of seat belt and mobile phone violations, which will come into effect as of 1st January, 2021.
The ‘VAST’ system aims to preserve the safety of drivers, passengers and all road users, as well as raising awareness and educating the community on the importance of following safe driving practices.
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