Drivers will be able to renew their licence or vehicle registration in any emirate under a new decentralized traffic services system to be launched next week as another new year gift to residents, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
The decision is part of a landmark project to link the federal vehicle licensing and registration system in all UAE emirates by the end of 2010 to facilitate services to car owners and ease pressure on busy centres, Alittihad said.
“The system will be launched gradually from next week and it will offer all services to car owners except those related to issuance of new licences and registrations,” it said, quoting Lt Colonel Suhail al Khaili, director of the car licensing section at the Abu Dhabi Police.
“As from next month, car owners and holders of driving licences issued in any emirate will be able to get services at the Abu Dhabi licensing department without the need to be referred to the original source of their licenses.”
Khaili said the final phase of the “federal traffic linkage” project would be implemented gradually, adding that such services would be activated in coordination between the Ministry of Interior, the police departments in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and Dubai’s Road and Communications Authority.
“Under the new system, all applicants and holders of licences and other documents issued in Dubai will be able to receive the needed services in Abu Dhabi and all other emirates,” Khali said.
According to Alittihad, the linkage project has passed through three main stages, the last of which was set for the end of 2010.
“This project is intended to facilitate and expedite vehicle registration and licensing services as well as unify traffic data in all emirates…renewals can now be completed in any emirate no matter where the registration or driving licence is issued or where the person is employed,” it said.