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Black Points Query - Wife Driving Rental Car

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Hi All,

Just wanted to see if anyone could give any advice on the following:

Rented a car when I first arrived in Abu Dhabi back in September 2017. I rented the car in my name with my UAE licence, and added my wife as an additional driver with her U.K. Licence as she didn't yet have a residents visa and so was on a tourist visa.

I've just purchased a car today, and so went down to return the hire car (I've just been paying a monthly rolling fee and extending the agreement on a monthly basis). I was informed that I have a fine for going through a red light. The fine was 1000 AED to which they've added 120 admin type fee. They've also charged my 3000 AED plus admin of 360 AED for "Not Impounding Charge" - apparently a red light violation comes with a fine and impounding of the car, the car hire company have decided to just pay 3000AED instead of impounding and charge me accordingly.

This all happened at the end of September, but no one notified me, and I only found out this afternoon. After some research, I've discovered that I was actually overseas when this offense took place, and so my wife was driving at the time.

So, in summary, I've now got 12 black points for a violation I didn't commit, and a 3360 AED fine for not impounding the car, which I didn't agree to and there is no mention of waiving right to impound charges on my terms and conditions/rental agreement. I've spoken with the police who were really nice and helpful, and basically explained that I can't now transfer points to my wife's licence (I drive every day here, sometimes over an hour and half each way, my wife drives once every 2 months maximum so she's better having her own points, also it's the honest thing to do!) because effectively paying the fine closes the issue so it's kind of out of their hands, even though I was never informed of a fine by the rental company, nor was I given the option to explain who was driving at the time - the rental company just went ahead and paid.

The rental company have told me that as per my terms and conditions, whoever's name the rental agreement is under takes the points regardless of who's driving, and that the impound charge is also in the terms however they've been unable to point me in the direct of these specific terms as yet.

Sorry for the long post, just wondered if anyone has any advice/experiences/tips on how to proceed. As I say, my wife wants to get everything in order and put the points on her licence as it's the right thing to do. I also now have 12 black points meaning I'm on thin ice for the next 7 months. We'd like to swap the points to her licence, however, another issue being that she had her U.K. Licence on the rental agreement and was using this at the time of the offense, so I don't know how that would affect a point transfer.

Any advice or guidance would be appreciated.

Thanks Guys!


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