You might have noticed that sometimes there are some cars that may have a broken window or glass which has been temporarily fixed with the help of transparent plastic sheet put in the place of the glass. Another thing which you might have noticed is that this seemingly temporary solution can also be left on the car for years, or until it naturally wears off. The Makkah Traffic Department has commented on the issue, via their official spokesman, Colonel Fawzi Al Ansari. Colonel Al Ansari has stated that any and all modifications are done on the car will be considered a direct violation of the traffic laws, rules, and regulations.[irp]
These modifications will be a violation especially more so if the broken glass in the car has not been replaced by a new glass and has been simply covered up with a transparent plastic sheet. That has now become a popular quick fix amongst the motorists, who do not want to spend the time, effort or money in getting their car fixed. In accordance to the spokesman Colonel Al Ansari, those motorists found covering up their vehicle’s broken glass with a piece of clear plastic sheet, instead of getting it replaced, will be charged with a monetary fine of SAR 500 and the Makkah Traffic Department will be impounding the car for a period of one week. In accordance to a local newspaper in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Watan newspaper, some of the residents of Makkah have come out and stated that such illegitimate modifications have become a trend in Makkah and can be seen with increasing frequency on the streets of Makkah.
The fine imposed by the Makkah Traffic Department has been based upon the assumption that such improper modifications are nothing but temporary solutions which cause an increase in the risk of traffic accidents occurring on the road. Personally, I believe that motorists themselves should not be doing such modifications or quick fixes on their car, and instead should invest some time, money and effort and have the broken glass replaced. Most of us who have been on the streets in the Kingdom know how common accidents truly are.
If the motorists will just do something which will increase the risk of traffic accidents, then it is not only worrying for the Traffic Departments around the Kingdom such as the Makkah Traffic Department, but it is also a huge concern for the other motorists on the road and their safety.[irp]
Clear plastic sheets or any other similar concoction, covering up broken glass should only be used as a temporary solution such as being an overnight fix so that nobody can get into your car through that broken glass during the night and then in the morning you can give the car to the auto workshop to be repaired. Different people have different views about the issue; some think it is fair, some think it is not. What are your thoughts on the issue, please let us know?