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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

The UAE’s roads are not a playground for the rich

Our readers have their say about the misbehaving Lamborghini driver, speeding in Abu Dhabi, corruption and the death of Somnath Chatterjee

Farah Hashi hired the Dh1.3 million Lamborghini Huracan on July 30. Patrick Ryan / The National
Farah Hashi hired the Dh1.3 million Lamborghini Huracan on July 30. Patrick Ryan / The National

I write in reference to your article Lamborghini hire firm pleads with UK Embassy to pay British driver’s speeding fines (August 13) and the fact it appears the offender is not subject to any further action, other than the possibility of having to pay the speeding fines.

The British tourist was obviously flaunting the road traffic regulations, driving at excessive speeds and endangering the lives of other motorists.

He would have been aware that he was driving at excessive speed and the cameras would have flashed as he passed by, yet he continued racking up 33 speeding tickets.

The UAE’s highways are not a playground for the rich and famous to display such reckless behaviour and total disregard to the safety of other road users.

I think motorists deserve better protection from the authorities and a punishment imposed on this offender that would act as a deterrent to others.

Robert Nicholas, Dubai

A word of thanks to the Abu Dhabi authorities for clearly establishing the new speed limit protocols. The next step would be to unify this throughout the UAE and once that is complete, to focus on the atrocious lack of lane discipline along the nation’s highways.

Mohamed Kanoo, Abu Dhabi

Proper pay for public sector is first step in tackling graft

I write in reference to your editorial Corruption is the single biggest hindrance to progress (August 11): ensuring that public servants and ministers are well-paid, in line with the private sector, is necessary to remove corruption from many societies.

Very often, government employees are paid 30 to 50 per cent of the equivalent salaries in the private sector. The government of Singapore, for instance, has hiked the salaries of all ministers to ensure that they are comfortable and happy. It strikes me as a solid approach to reduce corruption.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Homage to Chatterjee: a truly decent human being

The death of 89-year-old Indian communist leader and former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee is a great loss to Indian politics.

Chatterjee was universally liked by those from all political parties because of his humble nature and his aversion to criticising others.

He lived with strong principles and had a calm and soft nature. Above all, Chatterjee was a decent human being.

He stuck to his beloved communist party throughout his career and died a legend. May his soul rest in peace.

K Ragavan, Bangalore