Dubai Police want to ban vehicle processions

Traffic police say the celebrations are dangerous and annoy residents.
Dubai Police are fed up with motorists' behaviour during vehicle processions.
Dubai Police are fed up with motorists' behaviour during vehicle processions.

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Traffic police in Dubai have suggested banning vehicle processions, following the bad behaviour of some motorists during last week’s National Day celebrations.

The processions involve groups of slow moving vehicles honking their horns and usually result in traffic movement being reduced to a snail’s pace.

“We noticed that some of the celebrating members of the parade have committed many acts which can be hazardous or distressing,” said Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, director of the General Traffic Department at Dubai Police.

A total of 661 fines were issued during the parades, often without the knowledge of the motorists.

Major General Al Zafein listed traffic congestion, noise, litter and dangerous driving as the reasons why a ban should be considered.

Another problem was the way in which vehicles were decorated during the parades, which caused drivers’ views to be obstructed.

The processions were believed to have been a particular problem in the Mamzar and Jumeirah areas.

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