Some motorists will receive a second chance instead of a ticket.

Dubai Police’s traffic department has pardoned drivers who committed minor offences over the month of Ramadan.

Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, commander in chief of Dubai Police, said in the spirit of the Holy Month and the Year of Giving, motorists had been asked to sign “obligation letters” in place of a fine.

“Instead of issuing traffic fine to a motorist who committed a minor offence, we hand over notes and flyers to them and ask them to sign an obligation letter that they won’t repeat the offence again,” he told Gulf News.

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“It’s an initiative only during this Ramadan.”

The letter contains the driver’s name and nationality, and warns that if the driver repeats the offence, the fine will be registered.

Minor traffic offences include using a phone while driving, expired car registration, not wearing a seatbelt, and driving at night without lights.

While this period of leniency only applies to Ramadan, Dubai relaxed some of its traffic offence laws earlier this year.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, announced that drivers who commit non-dangerous traffic violations will no longer need to worry about having their vehicles confiscated.

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