More than 25,000 traffic violations this year involved lorries
DUBAI // Police have issued 25,289 fines for traffic infringements involving lorries so far this year.
The figures showed 1,028 lorries had defective taillights, 786 drivers were caught for using mobile phones without earpieces and 880 for driving outside designated lanes – one of the most serious offences, reported Al Ittihad, the Arabic sister paper of The National.
Police said several people have been killed in accidents involving lorries so far this year and they are involved in most traffic incidents in the emirate.
“We plan more patrols to exert tight control on lorries and lorry drivers who break traffic rules,” said Col Saif Al Mazrouei, deputy director general of the traffic unit at Dubai Police. No leniency would be shown to anyone who broke the law, he said.
The figures, released by the Traffic Department, were for the first three months of the year.
Of the fines issued, 4,639 were for expired tyres, 2,298 for parking in undesignated locations, 1,789 for unclear number plates and 1,396 for defective lights.
The figures also show that 789 lorries had defective signals, 758 drivers were fined for having unfastened seat belts, 741 lorries had no indication of the cargo weight, 674 had number plates installed in the wrong place and 555 were simply unfit vehicles.
The rest were issued for other offences.
Updated: May 8, 2014 04:00 AM