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Pay off traffic fines or get your car impounded, Abu Dhabi drivers warned

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Abu Dhabi motorists are urged to keep a tab on their traffic fines because when these exceed Dh7,000, their vehicles will be seized, police have warned. Impounded vehicles left unclaimed for three months will also be auctioned off. 

In an advisory posted on Twitter, the Abu Dhabi Police said: “Total traffic fines exceeding Dh7,000 must be settled in full. A vehicle remains impounded until due fines are paid. It will be auctioned after a maximum of three months if it has not been claimed by the owner.”  

The police reminded motorists that they can pay off their fines in instalments for a period of one year without interest. This can be done through five banks, including Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Mashreq Bank and Emirates Islamic Bank.

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The impoundment penalty for excessive fines is part of a new decision issued in September. The new policy listed out a number of offences punishable by impoundment as well as fines of up to Dh50,000.

Brig Suhail Saeed Al Khaili, director of the Central Operations Sector at Abu Dhabi Police, earlier said the new decision for impounding vehicles was introduced after a comprehensive study, aiming to curb reckless driving behaviour and make roads safer for all.

Under the new decision, when an unclaimed car is auctioned off and the value is lower than the fines due, the balance will be added to the offender’s fine and the violation will not be cancelled.

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