UAE - Police in Abu Dhabi has warned motorists against covering number plates while carrying loads or bicycles in the rear portion of their vehicles, stressing that it can land them into trouble and get booked for commuting a traffic violation.

Police said 11,489 trucks and light vehicles drivers were fined last year for covering registered number plates.

The fine for hiding a vehicle number plate is Dh400.

The force said these motorists had hidden their number plates, and it was hard to detect the vehicles or distinguish the category and source of their number plates.

According to the police, some motorists cover number plates while carrying loads or bicycles in the rear portion of their vehicles, while others deliberately cover them in a bid to evade radars and cameras installed on roads and highways to catch vehicles that indulge in over speeding.

“Drivers should be careful when carrying loads in the rear portion of their vehicles to avoid covering the number plates as this is a violation of traffic rules,” said police.

Officers said they had tightened control over traffic on all roads and that such violations are monitored, followed up and photographed accurately, and the perpetrators are penalised by the law.

Police had earlier said it caught drivers who used electronic covers and other materials on their registered number plates to evade radars. However, these errant drivers were caught because of hi-tech cameras on roads and highways.

The police have warned these unruly drivers, who try to evade the long arm of the law after being found to be involved in road accidents.

Authorities have also called on owners of trailers and semi-trailers to adhere to all safety requirements, including installing a red rear lamp and a reflective panel on the vehicle to alert other road users.


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