Top cop reveals best drivers have been rewarded in 'White Points' system
Dubai Police has chosen the first batch of drivers to be rewarded under its new 'white points' system.
General Mohammad Saif Al Zafeen, head of Dubai Traffic Police, revealed on Monday that 700 people who did not commit any offences last year have been picked to receive prizes such as stays in flash hotels, shopping vouchers and meals at posh restaurants.
The scheme was one of a number of traffic issues discussed by Al Zafeen on Monday. The white points winners were from various nationalities, although the largest segment was Emiratis, who made up 220 of the drivers.
“The winners will receive a text message informing them they are the best drivers in Dubai out of more than 1.2 million motorists,” Al Zafeen said. “These motorists didn’t commit any offences during the year.”
He added that when the committee had to choose between drivers with the same record, they looked at their records for 2011 and sometimes even farther back. The system is only for people with driving licences issued in Dubai and who have at least one vehicle registered in the emirate. If they keep a clean driving record, they will earn white points, which can be used to cancel out black points issued for motoring offences.
Those who commit no offences in a year are eligible for prizes. However, those who commit serious offences cannot take part.
Of the 700 clean drivers chosen for 2012, there were 220 Emiratis (including 173 women), 97 Indian drivers and 56 Pakistanis. There were also 44 Brits. Men made up 397 of the recipients.
Al Zafeen said: “We called the winners and were surprised when we discovered that some of them were dead or outside the country and we erased them from list.” Al Zafeen added he has ordered that neither he nor any of his family can be included on the list.
As well as individual prizes, one winner will be given a new Chevrolet Cruze car.