UAE suspends 3,672 driving licence in 2010

The UAE suspended the driving licences of 3,672 motorists in 2010 after they accumulated the maximum 24 black points in traffic offences, a senior police officer has said.

The number is lower than the 4,592 driving licences suspended in 2009 but total drivers who recorded black points were higher, standing at around 269,000 in 2010 compared with 260,000 in 2009, said Brigadier Gaith Al Zaabi, director of the traffic coordination department at the ministry of interior.

“Those whose licences were suspended will not be able to drive for three months…a new licence file will then have to be opened for them,” he said, quoted by Alkhaleej newspaper.

His figures showed nearly 175,000 drivers accumulated between one and four black points while around 79,600 recorded between five and 12 points. Around 8,467 drivers had 19 to 23 points.

The UAE introduced the black point system two years ago as part of an ongoing campaign to curb soaring traffic accidents that killed nearly 2,000 people in 2009.
 
Police records showed over 10,000 serious road mishaps took place in the UAE in 2009, one of the world’s highest traffic accident rates relative to the population.

 

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