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Dubai Doesn't Want Poor People on its Roads

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Income minimum for car buyers may be introduced to reduce congestion.

In the country that has become synonymous with luxury and supercar ownership - where police forces are equipped with everything from Bentleys to Bugattis and fire departments have Corvette Stingrays - traffic jams and congestion have become a major problem in recent years. Aiming to cut down on car ownership and clear the roads in this bustling emirate, the Director General of the Dubai Municipality is planning on introducing some major reforms to limit car-buying.

In addition to raising fuel, parking and insurance prices, the director says that a minimum monthly income may be introduced as a criterion for car ownership. This would mean that those earning below the suggested minimum would be delegated to public transportation such as taxis, "luxury buses" or a proposed metro system, clearing the road for those earning enough to deserve the right to drive. Ferrari and Lamborghini owners will then be able to take full advantage of their cars without the nuisance of Toyotas, Hondas and Kias slowing them down.

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