A staggering 802 cars and trucks have been impounded and the owners fined in a well-orchestrated tyres safety campaign.
The Abu Dhabi Police Traffic campaign is aimed at increasing the awareness of motorists to the connection between vehicle tyres and road accidents.
It comes in the wake of the increasing number of road accidents resulting from worn-out tyres.
The 802 vehicles that were impounded were all using worn out car tyres, according to Colonel Hamad Adeel Al Shamsi, the director of the Traffic and Car Patrols.
The owners will be fined and six traffic points will be removed from the drivers. Their vehicles will be impounded for seven days for violating the law.
The three-month long campaign, which got underway earlier this month, involves a comprehensive field plan devised to intensify police patrols on all roads.
Col Al Shamsi said that traffic control will be stepped up regarding vehicles that are using old and expired tyres.
He said: “4,259 tyre violations were given out recently and the number of accidents because of tyre bursts were 27 over the last five months, which also led to 14 deaths, 7 major injuries and 39 medium-to-simple injuries.”
Col Al Shamsi emphasised that the whole operation is to increase the awareness of drivers to the increasing fatalities involving expired tyres.
The car tyre campaign is being sponsored by Bridgestone tyres, which is providing free services at petrol stations to check tyres and fill them with air.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team