33 'VIP' motorists in Dubai rack up millions in fines
Dubai Police have released figures showing 33 VIPs committed 21,148 driving offences and clocked up fines of Dhs14.3 million between them on Dubai roads in just 18 months.
The worst offender committed 12,740 violations - running up a staggering bill of Dhs9.4 million.
Police said the motorist had used numerous vehicles, both his own and cars he had borrowed. However, the head of Dubai Traffic Police, General Mohammad Saif Al Zafeen, said the fines will be paid, warning that no one is above the law.
He said: “No one, whoever he is, is exempt from paying traffic fines.
“Our team for tracing fines was established in 2008 and they chase all kinds of fines, even for VIPs.” The second most prolific offender on the list committed 1,826 violations, accumulating Dhs1.24 million in fines.
Al Zafeen said: “The list also showed that drivers in cars owned by 34 government offices committed 8,103 offences, involving fines of Dhs4.8 million during the period.”
He added: “Anyone who refuses to pay the penalties will have their vehicle seized. Our team is working undercover to catch offenders on Dubai roads.”
He urged motorists to pay their fines through the internet, at police stations or at the traffic department.
Al Zafeen added: “We have made a system were they can pay in installments if the amount is high.” In previous years it was revealed that the head of Dubai Police, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim and his deputy, General Khamis Mattar Al Muzaina, paid Dhs4,600 in fines for their vehicles. Al Muzaina’s car was even seized when it crossed a red signal.