x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

More than 300 Abu Dhabi motorists banned

Police in the capital ban a total of 324 motorists with too many black points from the road in six months.

Of those motorists banned, 102 were UAE nationals, 77 were Arab nationals and 130 were made up of other nationalities.
Of those motorists banned, 102 were UAE nationals, 77 were Arab nationals and 130 were made up of other nationalities.

ABU DHABI // More than 300 motorists with too many black points have temporarily lost their licences over the past six months. The Abu Dhabi traffic and patrols directorate said it had confiscated 324 licences from drivers who had reached their 24-point limit. Of those, 130 were Asian, 102 Emirati, 77 from other Arab nations, and the remaining 15 from the rest of the world. The first time drivers accumulate 24 points, their licence is confiscated for three months, said Col Hamad Adil al Shamsi, the head of traffic and patrols in Abu Dhabi. The second time earns a sixth-month suspension, while the third sees a driver banned from driving for a year and required to complete a training course at a certified driving school. Anyone caught driving with a suspended licence is referred to court for prosecution. A temporary licence holder who amasses 24 black points will lose it for six months and be required to complete a driving rehabilitation course. On a second occasion the licence will be cancelled, and the holder not be allowed to take a driving test for a year. Offences such as driving recklessly, endangering others or running away from traffic police earn 12 black points. Jumping a red light costs eight points, and using the horn inappropriately or in a prohibited area costs two. @Email:hhassan@thenational.ae

If a motorist is banned twice then he or she would have to retrain at an accredited driving school. *WAM