Jayaseelan receiving the prize from Dubai Traffic Police (SUPPLIED)
The man, Jayaseelan, was picked from among 700 drivers shortlisted by Dubai’s traffic police after they gathered the maximum limit of white points in one year, during which they did not commit any traffic offence or were involved in an accident. Jayaseelan has been awarded Chevrolet Cruz.
Dubai introduced the unique white point system, the first in the region, couple of years ago in a bid to encourage drivers to respect traffic rules as part of a long term strategy to curb accidents and attain its zero death target on roads.
“We honour 700 drivers who collect the maximum limit of white points every year but we intend to increase that number to 1,000,” Dubai traffic police chief Major General Mohammed Al Zafin said, adding that at least one car would also be awarded.
The Indian driver, a private sector employee, said he could hardly believe it when he was called by the police and told about his reward.
He said his children are “very happy” for him and that he is planning to hold a party after receiving the car from the traffic police.