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MoI Urges Motorists to Abide by Car Decoration Guidelines for the National Day

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, November 24th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

The Ministry of Interior (MoI), represented by the Directorate General of Traffic Coordination, has established the guidelines for car decorations for the 44th National Day celebrations. The MoI has called upon motorists to comply with these requirements in all public areas across the country during this occasion. These requirements aim to provide safety, reduce traffic violations and accidents, and to avoid being subjected to the punishments as stipulated by the traffic laws.

The requirements set the legal regulations for decorating vehicles during the National Day celebrations, noting that car decorations are permitted from now through 6 December. The specified requirements are to enable all segments of the society to express their happiness for this dear national occasion in a way that involves civilized conduct and will not result in any violations.

Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Zaabi, Director General of Traffic Coordination at the Ministry of Interior, emphasized that the ministry and the UAE police commands are keen to take the proper measures so that the day’s celebrations are accident free - thus allowing everyone to enjoy the festivities.

“The requirements state that other than the official parade, there shall be no other parade - for any reason.  All traffic laws and police instruction shall also be adhered to and obeyed,” he said.

He stressed that the MoI encourages the community to celebrate this precious national event and to express their joy in a civilized manner. The requirements dictate that national statements written on cars should be proper and not offensive to others, and that national flags and posters should be placed on the sides of the vehicles or in a location that does not endanger the safety of the driver or of others. All car decorations for the National Day should additionally respect the legal conditions of a 30 percent tint on the side and rear windows.

Highlighting the decorations and behaviors that are prohibited and should be avoided, Brigadier Al Zaabi listed the following: coloring the windshield or blacking-out the side or rear windows; exceeding the number of allowed passengers in the vehicle; and persons leaning or standing outside of the windows, sunroof, roof of the vehicle, hood, or the trunk of the car. The Director General of Traffic Coordination also warned against showing off and performing stunts, disrupting traffic, parking in prohibited places, blocking roads, and equipping vehicles with speakers. Additionally it is prohibited to modify the engine or the color of the vehicle in any way, to cover the vehicle’s license plates, to place posters in an area that obstructs vision, or for drivers or passengers to use sprays.

As per the Federal Traffic Law and regulations, Brigadier Al Zaabi mentioned that the violators will be subject to penalties which may result in the impounding of the driver’s vehicle for up to one month; 12 - 24 black traffic points in some violations, with a fine ranging from 500 to 3,000 AED; and any additional penalties that may apply for those who violate National Day car decoration guidelines.

“As an embodiment of the strategy to improve road safety, the Ministry is keen to redouble their efforts and carry out a number of initiatives and procedures,” said Brigadier Al Zaabi. “This is in order to preserve the lives and safety of the citizens and residents, and to prevent accidents and the resulting injuries and fatalities that may subsequently follow.”

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The Arabic-language text of this announcement is the official, authoritative version. Translations are provided as an accommodation only, and should be cross-referenced with the Arabic-language text, which is the only version of the text intended to have legal effect.


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