The Federal Traffic Council put forth a recommendation that reckless drivers be held for a period of at least 24 hours. The council had previously made a recommendation that motorists driving at speeds exceeding 50 per cent of the speed limit be held, in a bid to reduce fatalities on the road. They have reviewed studies detailing the causes of fatal accidents and found that more than 40 per cent of such accidents took place on external roads.

At present, those caught driving recklessly could have 12 black points added to their licence, be fined Dh2,000 and have their vehicle confiscated for 30 days. While severe, these penalties were not a powerful enough ­deterrent according to the authorities.

The council also made a recommendation to establish a system where a guardian is entitled to train his son or daughter to drive a vehicle, provided that the guardian has been driving for more than 20 years and has not been found to be the cause of any serious accident.