Dubai’s trash can speed radar has sparked a debate in the city. These radars recorded more than 35,000 speed violations in the months of February and March 2016. Motorists have put their rage on social media and complained about facing repeated fines for over speeding detected by the trash can radars.

Major-General Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police for Operations, said the radar only catches speeds in excess of 90kmh on roads with a speed limit of 60 kmph. He said there is no excuse for driving at speeds of over 50 per cent of the stipulated speed limits.

Referring to the shape of the radar, officials said “Shapes and types of radars shouldn’t matter. The aim is that people should abide by the set speed limits.”

Such radars not only catches speeding-related violations, but other offences like the use of mobile phone while driving and failure to fasten seat belts.