Jobless woman accused of forging parking ticket

RTA inspector found that ticket had been tampered with and original date changed from May 2016 to June 2016

14:37 March 4, 2018

Dubai: A jobless woman has been accused of forging a Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) parking ticket that she displayed on her car’s dashboard in a paid parking zone.

An RTA inspector was said to be examining cars parked in a paid zone in Al Nahda when he chanced on a vehicle with a parking ticket for the month of June 2016 the authenticity of which he wasn’t very sure of.

According to records, once the inspector realised that the ticket had been tampered with, he reported the matter to his supervisor and Dubai Police.

Primary police interrogations revealed the identity of the car owner, who turned out be a 25-year-old German woman. Prosecutors accused the suspect of forging an RTA ticket and displaying it in a paid parking zone.

According to the charges sheet, prosecutors said the suspect tampered with the date by altering it from May to June 2016.

The suspect failed to appear before the Dubai Court of First Instance where she was scheduled to enter her plea on Sunday.

Records did not mention why the case, which dates back to 2016, was referred to court in 2018.

The Jordanian inspector told prosecutors that he was checking cars parked in a paid zone when he suspected the authenticity of a ticket displayed in a car.

“The dates mentioned on the RTA ticket read June but it was obvious that it had been tampered with. I double-checked the dates and the ticket’s reference number that showed on the special device that it was valid for May 2016 … it was invalid for June. The tampering with had happened with the use of a black ink,” the inspector testified.

The German suspect was quoted as admitting to prosecutors that she bought the ticket in May 2016 and changed the printed dates by overwriting on them to make it seem like June 2016.

She was cited as telling prosecutors that she altered the dates so she would be able to park for free and elude being fined.

The court reconvenes on March 11.