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Smart Vehicle Seizure Service to replace impounding in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Police service will allow owners to keep their seized vehicles instead of having them impounded

Abu Dhabi Police is launching the vehicle seizure service [representational].
Abu Dhabi Police is launching the vehicle seizure service [representational].

Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) will start its 'Smart Vehicle Seizure Service' in June 2019, which will allow owners to keep their seized vehicles instead of having them impounded — which may occur due to traffic offences such as speeding, illegal parking, or unapproved window tinting  by installing an electronic device linked to the ADP monitoring room.

The device can be activated by all service centers of the Department of Traffic of the External Areas, Al Ain Traffic Department, and the Al Dhafra Traffic Department, according to UAE state news agency Wam.

Director of central operations, Brig Suhail Saeed Al Khaili, said the service would be accompaneid by a smart seizure fees of AED15 for each day that the device is active throughout the month.

He noted that affected drivers should travel to their nearest centre in Abu Dhabi with their vehicles and provide the requisite documents, including ID and ownership proof, to have the device installed.

They must then take their vehicles to a set location before 12:00 and redeliver the device to the centre after the end of the seizure period.

The service provides vehicle owners the option to choose a site anywhere in the emirate to activate the device without the need to lock their vehicle in cases of emergency.

Brig Saeed added that it would be possible to complete all traffic-related transactions during the seizure period, and drivers would have up to 48 hours to return the device after the end of this period.

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