DOHA: Qatar’s traffic authorities have blown the whistle on 42 cars with Saudi Arabian number plates that are together involved in more than 5,000 traffic violations here and the fines their owners must pay now total a staggering QR2.66m.
The Traffic Department has urged customs officials at the Abu Samra check-post at the Qatari-Saudi border to seize these vehicles when they leave the country or come in.
A circular issued by the Traffic Department to the road customs in Abu Samra says the 42 vehicles have collectively committed as many as 5,337 traffic violations and the fines their owners must pay total a massive QR2.66m.
“So these vehicles must be seized whenever they are sighted crossing the border either coming in or going out,” says the traffic department’s notification, a local Arabic daily has reported.
The violations were detected by radars in Qatar and most of these breaches are about jumping the red lights — a breach of law that carries a huge fine.
Of the 42 erring cars, 37 are commercial vehicles and they include vans as well as pickups, while one is a taxi and another a trailer. One of these cars has alone committed as many as 643 violations, while another one has been involved in 408 traffic breaches.
A third vehicle has been found to have committed 407 violations. The least number of violations committed by a vehicle total 11, the daily said.
A traffic safety expert who spoke to The Peninsula on grounds of anonymity said he found the news item a bit confusing because the GCC states inform one another if vehicles registered in their territories are involved in traffic rule violations in any member country.
“The GCC states have a common system and they inform one another when a vehicle registered in their territories have breached traffic rules. Qatar can, for instance, request Saudi authorities to collect the fines from the 42 violators,” said the expert.
The records of the traffic department of Qatar would, for instance, show a traffic rule breach committed by a Qatari motorist in any neighbouring GCC state, said the expert.
He, therefore, argued that there was no need for the traffic authorities here to ask the customs officials at the Abu Samra check-post to seize the 42 vehicles.