Grace period to register vehicles extended

Vehicles whose registration lapsed over two years ago will now be written off by RTA after January 2011 instead of October 2010

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) extended the grace period to start writing off vehicles, whose registration lapsed more than two years ago, up to January 2011 instead of October this year.

This was done on the directives of Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, to allow motorists extra time to have their vehicles tested and registered in accordance with the system in place in Dubai.

Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, the CEO of RTA Licensing Agency, said the agency would start writing off vehicles whose registration had lapsed more than two years back or whose owners failed to renew their registration and have them removed from the roads according to the new timeline.

“Failure to bring a continuously operated vehicle for a comprehensive check-up for more than two years renders it a non-safe transport means and poses a threat to its driver, passengers and cargo besides putting road users in the emirate in extreme jeopardy,” said Bahrozyan.

“By taking this course of action, RTA is targeting a big chunk of motorists who do not bother to renew their vehicle registration that had expired long ago.”

Bahrozyan confirmed that vehicle licensing services are operating at various spots across Dubai emirate 24 hours a day in addition to the possibility of completing registration online through RTA’s website, which saves time and effort.

He called on all owners of vehicles whose registration had expired more than two years back to report to RTA licensing service centres or visit the RTA website to renew the registration.

The RTA has linked more than 47 insurance companies to the traffic system where the details of the insurance policy and the vehicle are provided online. This enables inquiry about all vehicles, renewal of registration, inquiry about driving licence details, renewal of driving licence, review of offences, payment of fines, and inquiry about distinguished number plates.

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