• Bassam Radi, Managing Editor

Police impound 400 noisy motorbikes in UAE

Up to 400 motorbikes have been impounded in two weeks by the Ras Al Khaimah Police for causing noise and flouting traffic rules blatantly.

Brig Ahmad Al Sam Al Naqbi, director of the traffic and patrols department, RAK Police, said: "These motorbikes roared during night, while speeding through city streets and along thoroughfares as they left behind deafening decibel."

"Such vehicles disturb peace and cause annoyance to people. The young bikers, who are mostly in groups, drive their fast and furious passions and fantasies. Some of the seized motorbikes were either unlicensed or being driven by youths who didn't have a license."

He said the 'Eltizam' (Obligation) campaign shall continue to clamp down on these offenders. "A number of accidents have been reported recently due to motorbikes."

The RAK Police have launched several campaigns to raise traffic awareness of drivers and parents about the negative impact of traffic accidents and speeding, he pointed out.

"The traffic department officers also paid visits to residential areas and offered valuable advice to the public there to ensure safety of road users and reduce traffic accidents."

Al Naqbi said the inspections and raids will continue throughout the year in all areas of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah to curb erring drivers and bring them to justice.

"No motorbike shall be released before full payment of prescribed fines at the end of the impoundment period and only upon the approval of the technical committee concerned."

The Ras Al Khaimah Municipality had earlier auctioned off tens of unclaimed impounded vehicles and motorbikes, some of which were not taken back by their owners for over 1-2 years.

"Owners of the seized vehicles were given a grace period of one month, following which they lost ownership of their vehicles forever, and could never claim them back as per law."

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