The Palestinian Police destroy more than 20,000 cars each year

To improve road safety, the Palestinian Civil Police confiscate and destroy more than 20,000 illegal vehicles each year. Alone in the Hebron Police District, the Police confiscate and destroy around 500 illegal vehicles monthly.

The confiscations is a part of the Palestinian Civil Police strategy to reduce traffic accidents in the so-called Black Spots, where the majority of severe traffic accidents happens. The strategy comprises an awareness campaign, enhanced cooperation with local counterparts, who can support the strategy, and Traffic Police action against illegal vehicles and their owners. In Hebron Police District, around 500 vehicles are confiscated and destroyed each month by the Traffic Police.

EUPOL COPPS supports the implementation of the road safety strategy, which has been successful so far. In Hebron Police District, the number of fatalities resulting from traffic accidents involving illegal vehicles has been reduced by 50% over the past 18 months.

Last week the Mission’s Traffic Adviser, Erik Nielsen and Special Police Force Adviser, Cesar Ponte paid a visit to the Traffic Branch of Hebron District Police Office to discuss how the Mission can continue supporting the strategy to improve road safety and reduce the traffic accident rate in Palestine further. “We want to contribute to making the roads safer for all Palestinians. Every life saved, counts”, says the Mission’s Traffic Adviser.

The Mission’s advisors met with the Hebron Police District Commander, Colonel Ahmad Abu Alrub, Chief of Traffic, Lieutenant Colonel Maher Jaber and Head of the Traffic Accident Investigation Section, Captain Anjad.

Top Photo: The Hebron Traffic Police conducts frequent vehicle inspections to detect illegal vehicles, for example vehicles without insurance on vehicles using tampered number plates.
Photo 2: In many cases the illegal vehicle is confiscated and destroyed on the spot. (Photo: Palestinian Civil Police)
Photo 3: The Mission’s Traffic Adviser, Erik Nielsen met with Chief of Traffic, Lieutenant Colonel Maher during the visit to Hebron District Police Station.