x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Car auctions don't fetch best price

A reader says a "job lot" auction may not be the best answer for impounded luxury vehicles. Other topics: women drivers, marriage, Bollywood's bad example and Syria.

A reader says luxury cars impounded in Dubai won't attract top price at a police auction. Jaime Puebla / The National
A reader says luxury cars impounded in Dubai won't attract top price at a police auction. Jaime Puebla / The National

Women drivers defy inaccurate stereotypes


The prevailing stereotype holds that Emirati women do not really understand motor vehicles; that they don't even know how to start an engine.

This perspective also maintains that a lot of women don't understand the core components of the vehicle. Furthermore, they don't understand any small technical problems in a car and cannot even repair a flat tyre.

In Emirati society, there is a perception that the reason women started to drive is because they wanted to create a sophisticated image for themselves and they wanted to add more possibilities to their lives.

To me, as a young Emirati woman with a driving licence, motoring around town is not a luxury; it is a pure necessity. Therefore, I don't think there is any logical justification to prevent a woman from driving a car.

People can say whatever they want, but statistics don't lie. Dubai Traffic Police figures show that in 2012, male drivers caused 1,330 accidents, resulting in the deaths of 116 people and injuring 2,161 others. Female drivers caused 138 incidents, resulting in five deaths and 220 injuries.

There's a perspective that men are the providers for their families, and the reason they drive is to serve their family and society's needs.

But it is 2013, and women are equal to men when it comes to their contribution and involvement in society.

Women are fully capable of being the number one providers for their families.

And that means we can drive a car, too.

Anoud Yousef Al Aseeri, Abu Dhabi

Auctions don't fetch best price

I am writing about Abandoned US$1m Ferrari Enzo supercar not yet up for sale (April 26).

It may be easier and quicker for the police to sell abandoned cars by the job lot, but this method has one serious drawback: it fails to get the best prices.

As a result, the government is missing out on the additional revenue that could be raised to implement additional traffic-monitoring systems.

Peter Nixon, Abu Dhabi

Marriage must be for right reasons

I am writing about the blog post, Marriage is an unplanned commitment in the UAE (May 23).

Arranged marriages have become a dark and murky business in many societies around the world.

It is no longer about establishing long-term social bonds or creating a secure life for one's children. It is more about greed, vested interests and a variety of purported gains.

M Mathew, Abu Dhabi

I believe there is a high level of divorce because couples in arranged marriages often do not find themselves compatible, and neither of them is willing to compromise.

Name withheld by request


Bollywood movies set a bad example

In As Indian society has changed, so have themes in Hindi films (May 25) MK Raghavendra is right to say that Indian films have mirrored many social and political issues over the decades.

However of late, Indian films are become sheer entertainment (sometimes meaningless), lacking even cogent stories.

Violence is being glorified, which is affecting people's values.

Indian society is becoming more violent and abusive of women. Youngsters ape the celluloid styles of their heroes and heroines, thus augmenting the levels of aggression on the streets.

A powerful medium like cinema can play a positive and constructive role in disseminating nation-building values of integrity, tolerance and secularism. Unfortunately, this is not happening.

Rajendra K Aneja, Dubai

Syrians deserve right to choose

This letter refers to the opinion article Syrian conflict shows Hizbollah's true agenda (May 26).

The involvement of Lebanon's Hizbollah fighters in the Syrian conflict is a new turn in the more than two-year-old conflict.

It can only lead to the escalation in fighting and to it spilling over into neighbouring countries.

Both government and opposition forces have been responsible for a large number of killings and the destruction of property, and a consensus is not practical until both sides show flexibility in their approach.

This notwithstanding, those responsible for dragging the conflict on for so long must be brought to justice.

None of the present leaders deserve to be in the forefront. The Syrian people should be allowed the freedom to choose new leadership.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman