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DUBAI – A Dubai Police official said that payment channels in Dubai are expected to be updated by Tuesday morning to allow motorists to avail of a discount in traffic fine payments.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, ordered a UAE-wide discount of 50 percent on traffic fines as part of the UAE’s 46th National Day celebrations.
Under the new directive, the discount will apply to traffic fines incurred between January 1, 2017 to December 2, 2017 if paid within 90 days. This is in addition to Dubai Police’s announcement last month of a 50 percent discount on fines incurred in 2016.
On Monday, however, motorists paying their fines online said the discount payment option was still not available.
It appeared that systems were gradually updated throughout the day, with motorist Sammira Mohiadeen telling Expatmedia.net on Monday night that she was able to get a discount after online payment of traffic fines.
“I could not see the discount in the morning, but I waited patiently… I used the RTA webpage at around 9:30pm. Until yesterday my total fines showed Dh400. This evening it showed Dh200,” Mohiadeen said, adding that she is glad that the fines were reduced.
Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of Traffic Department at Dubai Police, said authorities needed more time to update the payment system linked with several banks, kiosks, smart app and website.
Al Mazroui said that all systems should be ready on Tuesday. DAJ/Expat Media
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