Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tears of a clone

It’s that time of year again. The Day of Reckoning, when the entire year’s motoring violations are laid bare and payment of all fines in full is an integral part of the car registration process.

Imagine the scene. The Goatmobile undergoes its usual thorough 30-second inspection, the Goat produces evidence of having 13 months of insurance, payment is made, and then there is a problem. UAE residents are doubtless fully aware of the so-called ‘fairy fines’ or ‘phantom fines’ incurred owing to administrative error.
    Goat: “So, about this fine, officer: the one where I know my vehicle was most definitely elsewhere?”

    Tasjeel: “One moment, Mr Goat…” (click, clickety-click, beep) “Here is the photograph of your vehicle caught bang to rights. Give us your money.”

    Goat: “Just one problem. That is most definitely not the Goatmobile. It’s the wrong colour, the wrong make and the wrong model.”

    Tasjeel: “But it surely is your registration number, therefore you are as guilty as a puppy next to a pile of poo.”

    Goat: “Allow me to explain. My vehicle licence matches the Goatmobile in every respect. That car in the picture must be using fake plates.”

    Tasjeel: “Agreed, but as we don’t know who it is because all searches on that number plate point at you, Mr Goat, you must therefore be completely guilty.”

Such a shame that traffic enforcement by camera is incapable of checking the vehicle licence against the VIN, make and model, and then asking the driver awkward questions regarding the obvious discrepancy between the plate and the VIN.

Clearly this phantom menace needs to be apprehended. Then, if the Goat has anything to do with it, there will be an attack of the clones; possibly a clone war.



Susan said...

stupid beyond belief

Mita said...

I absolutely agree with you - a bit like the photographs of a couple of fines show the back numberplate when the camera usually takes the photograph in this particular location from the front! But you can't really argue with them.

Now I prefer to pay my Salik that get another dodgy fine!

halfmanhalfbeer said...

Mr Goat, congrats on making The Telegraph's top ten list of Expat Blogs!



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