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Audit report raps traffic violations

Bahrain News
Wed, 06 Dec 2017

UNDOCUMENTED traffic offences and uncollected fines are just some of the violations recorded at the Traffic Directorate.

The Administrative and Financial Audit Bureau in its 14th annual report, which was made public yesterday, revealed numerous violations registered at the Interior Ministry’s Traffic Directorate.

“There are traffic services that are being provided for driving instructors, or vehicle inspections, for free – but they should be done for a cost with the bureau calculating it at BD1.7 million for last year alone,” it said.

“Trailers attached to vehicles are being renewed and registration done for BD5, while it should be according to weight in line with a ministerial decree, which means the cost should be between BD15 and BD65.

“As a result, losses of BD693,000 were recorded from January 2013 until the end of last year.”

The bureau also revealed that the directorate has not collected fees for private firms running driving schools, rescheduling tests for absent driving instructors and changing vehicle ownerships.

“The directorate doesn’t even follow up expired vehicle registrations or licences, with 170,000 vehicles still being active without having valid registrations and 81,000 expired driving licences,” it said in the report.

“Late payments of 500 fils should have been taken per day for late registrations after a seven-day grace period, which has never been done, amounting to losses of BD1.1 million from January 2013 to December of last year.”

It also said that some accident reports written by traffic policemen did not match the final documents, indicating that “on spot payments” were not submitted and traffic tickets were missing.

“Footage from traffic cameras is taken by the directorate for speeding and jumping red lights, as a maximum offence per day, while it neglects other offences such as using mobile phones, not wearing seat belt and others,” said the report.

“There is no mechanism to ensure that all violations clicked by cameras enter the system.”

In the case of minor accidents, the bureau said the traffic directorate did not collect payments, meaning around BD9m from 239 accidents were still pending until January 11 of this year.

The directorate was also accused of not following up with neighbouring GCC states for violations committed by their nationals in Bahrain in order for payments to be transferred.

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