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Dubai Police mulls smart-tag plan for offending motorists

Sanctioned vehicles could be kept at home instead of impound yards, under new initiative

If a sanctioned motorist attempted to move their car during the impound period, the tag would inform authorities, and the offender could receive a more severe penalty.
If a sanctioned motorist attempted to move their car during the impound period, the tag would inform authorities, and the offender could receive a more severe penalty.

Dubai Police is exploring a plan to fit electronic smart tags to the vehicles of offending drivers to free up much-needed space at impound yards.

In cases where vehicles would normally be impounded, authorities would be alerted if a tagged vehicle were moved, allowing sanctioned motorists' vehicles to be stored at home rather than at an impound yard where space is at a premium.

Attempting to move a sanctioned vehicle during the impound period would invite a heftier penalty, Dubai Police said in a statement.

"Motorists will have this option, rather than have their car impounded in our detention centre," said Colonel Khalid Al Razooqi, head of the Smart Services Department at Dubai Police. "But if someone moves the car then we will issue a fine and impound his car again."

Dubai Police expects the plan to be implemented by the end of the year.