Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, has just ordered the ministry of interior to coordinate between all traffic departments throughout the country and implement a 50% discounts on traffic fines.
The discount will start on December 2nd, which seems to be a gift to the people in the occasion of the United Arab Emirates’ National day (the day of unity).
A huge number of UAE residents have cheered the UAE government on social media thanking them for their generosity.
This move is very profitable for the UAE because theres a large number of residents that have not paid their fines, and may continue to do so (default). This way, it could be a great opportunity for defaulters to pay, leading to a win-win situation.
Traffic Fines are a huge source of income for the UAE government, generating the country a considerable amount of money.
One of the common expenses a UAE resident has on a yearly basis, and usually a significant amount, is traffic fines. Many consider this as a form of Indirect Tax.
In Dubai, for example, the main highway has a speed radar planted at every 1 km, which fines at least around 150$ for just a minor increase over the allowed speed.
The discounts will reportedly be applied on December 2nd, but only for the period between 1st of August 2016 to 1st of December 2017. The discount will also only remaining for 60 days after December 2nd.