Abu Dhabi Police crackdown on modified cars
According to the Abu Dhabi Police, owners of modified vehicles, even including those who’ve changed only their exhaust system, have been put on notice as part of a new “awareness campaign” that will crack down on aftermarket-tuned cars.
The initiative will be launched on June 10, and is likely the result of the recent antics perpetrated by the runaway motorist whose accelerator jammed at 160 kph on the Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highway, leading to 45 minutes of police-escorted mayhem. The “defective” car, which was eventually handbraked to a stop, was said to be modified for speed.
According to Gulf News, those caught with “unauthorised” additions or other modifications that may “cause harm to themselves or others” will be given a Dhs 900 fine, while motorists who have modified their exhausts will be fined Dhs 500, and those who have modified their engine “without the correct licence” will be issued a Dhs 400 fine. Drivers who are caught will have their vehicles impounded for a month.
Police say these illegal modifications are a danger due to bad workmanship, leading to dangerous situations such as accidents and fires. Incidentally, Sharjah Police have initiated a similar crackdown on modified cars already, the only difference being that they will not return the confiscated cars. Modified cars are technically banned in Dubai and other Emirates already, but many get around the rules one way or another.