Abu Dhabi seizes 104 cars with smudged plates

Cars were seized in first six months and most of them belong to GCC citizens

Abu Dhabi traffic police seized 104 cars with smudged plates in the first half of this year and most of them belong to GCC citizens deliberately hiding their vehicles numbers to shun speed cameras.

Police said those caught had been referred to the prosecutor while their cars had been impounded and given heavy fines.

Most of the seized motorists were visitors coming from neighbouring Gulf countries as their car registration plates were either covered or smudged in a bid to evade speed cameras deployed on all roads in the UAE.

Police did not specify those countries but traffic authorities had earlier reported the seizure of some vehicles with blurred plate numbers coming from Saudi Arabia. Their drivers admitted to have deliberately concealed their number so they will not be hunted by the police speed cameras.

Police reports showed 80 cars with smudged numbers were seized in the western region close to the border with Saudi Arabia and Qatar while 22 vehicles were caught in Mafraq and two in the eastern oasis town of Al Ain.

“Those cars were confiscated while their drivers were referred to the competent judicial authorities,” traffic police chief Brigadier Hussein Al Hariti said.

“Such cases are continuing and most of the drivers are citizens from other GCC countries…the bulk of them came through Ghuweifat border point and all the drivers confessed to having deliberately concealed their plate numbers.”

He said such cases are very serious as it would be difficult to track those drivers in case they were involved in an accident and flee the site.

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