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Dubai chasing Singapore's strictness with fines on violations (2)

By Gerard AL-Fil (Xinhua)

19:50, December 15, 2011

"I have noticed the high fines when you park your car without paying the parking ticket, even it is just for five minutes," Rob M. from Ipswich of Britain said.

Rob, who once had to pay 150 dirhams (about 40 U.S. dollars) for parking violation, said that "In my country, you pay more if you stay longer at the unpaid parking spot. But in Dubai after one minute overtime you are fined."

Dubai's leading daily Gulf News reported Wednesday that the Dubai Police and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) would launch a campaign against phoning while driving in order to reduce the death toll on roads. In 2007, 21.7 per 100,000 people died from traffic accidents in Dubai, according to Gulf News, and the Dubai Police aimed to lower this figure to seven.

Since 2008, drivers who are caught using their mobile phones while driving have to pay 200 dirhams (53 dollars). In addition to that, four black points will be added to the driver's "fines account". The fine for driving fast and recklessly will stand at 2000 dirhams (533 dollars), and 12 black points will be booked and the car will be confiscated for 30 days.

Ladies who deal with make-up while driving have to pay 200 dirhams and will get four black points.

The RTA warns drivers on its homepage that "In accordance with the Black Points system, the accumulative limit is 24 points within a year's time, and the driving license will be forfeited if the motorist reaches that level."

According to Lt. Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazrooiee, acting director general of the traffic department at the Dubai Police, the black points system has helped to reduce the number of traffic offenses significantly.

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pg at 2011-12-16175.156.222.*
There is an important lesson from Singapore and Dubai for China, and that is: rules are to be enforced if rules are to be meaningful and beneficial to the people and nation. Rules and laws are made so that people of all walks in a society may live together in safety, peace and harmony, which will contribute to a prosperous, strong and stable nation. For this to work, the people must be convinced that there is justice and righteousness through the rule of law, that every person is equal in the eye of law.What is the use of having rules and laws that are not enforced, that could be circumvented unlawfully, or even overridden by certain people, the so-called VIPs and VVIPs in society?An immediate and vital need for China in its goal to raise the quality and standard of life for all is the fair and just enforcement of rules, according to the rule of law.
Papa at 2011-12-1692.98.20.*
On the second thoughts they are putting reckless unreasonable fines and charges to raise funds especially after recession,Dubai has a long way to go ,the law changes overnight and its biased when it comes to dealing with Locals vis a vis Asians /Whites.
  

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