Police auction: Cars up for grabs

Dubai Police will auction several vehicles impounded for traffic violations following no claims from owners3,765 impounded cars will be auctioned this month

By Salam Al Amir, Staff Reporter
10:07 September 3, 2009

Police are set to auction this month 3,765 vehicles confiscated for various offences, an official said.

Maj Gen Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Director of Dubai Police Traffic Department, said the first phase of the auction will start with 995 cars. It is expected to be held in the second week of the month.

Cars such as BMWs, Toyotas, Mercedes Benz, Nissans and others, valued at millions of dirhams, have been piling up at a police compound.

The newest vehicles at the compound include 2007 models but they will be included in the second or third phase of the auction, said Al Zafein.

In 1999, Dubai Police sold 1,275 impounded cars at an auction but as no auctions were held after that, the number of impounded cars gathering dust has increased. On August 19, there were 41,563 vehicles of various makes at the compound waiting to be auctioned.

Fine time

Al Zafein noted that some people come to pay fines without knowing their road offence is punishable by impounding of the vehicle. They then pay a Dh100 fine per day for the period the vehicle is supposed to be impounded while others just leave their vehicles and never come back to claim them.

The auction is carried out after an official advertisement is posted in Arabic and English newspapers to give owners a last chance to claim their cars.

Brig Anas Al Matroushi, Deputy Head of Operations for Rescue and Transportation Affairs at Dubai Police, said the money from the auction will be deposited in an account for five years and announced in the official newspapers to give the owners of the vehicles another chance to claim their rights.

“In case nobody claims the money it goes to the government,'' he added.

He noted that some of the proceedings would be used to cover the traffic violations on these cars.

“In case nobody claims the money it goes to the government,'' he added.