x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 September 2017

New service from Sharjah Police cuts out long drive to impound lot

The cars will be remotely impounded using a device which tracks the vehicle

Vehicles set to be impounded in Sharjah will no need to be driven into the police impound car-park.

A new service from Sharjah Police means impounded cars will instead be tagged with a device that will allow police to monitor the vehicles using a GPS network system.

The device will sound if the car travels more than 100m – the grace period set by the police in case of emergency.

The service was launched after police received numerous complaints from car-owners about their vehicles being damaged after being released from the impound car-park. The new system also avoids motorists having to drive – in some cases up to 40km - to the impound lot to pick up their cars. Maj Mohammed Al Naqbi, director of patrol and traffic department at Sharjah police, said police would be immediately alerted if someone tried to drive an impounded car.  

“The system is very accurate and there is no way of moving the vehicle without us knowing,” he said. The new service will also reduce the large number of vehicles in police impound and will also protect them from any damage as the cars will remain in the care of their owners.

The service will apply to vehicles under impound from one week and up to two months only.