The authorities are planning to use unmarked police vehicles as traffic patrols to curb increasing violations, particularly on busy roads in the city and its sprawling suburbs.

The unsuspecting civilian-looking patrol vehicles will be equipped with cameras to click photographs of violations.

Use of mobile phones by motorists while driving, not using seat belts, throwing trash from cars and making children sit in front seats are some common violations.

Other common breaches of road safety rules include driving and parking on sidewalks, parking in slots reserved for people with special needs and overtaking from right.

Since marked vehicles show police presence and cause people near them to drive properly, unmarked cars will be used for patrolling, recording violations and catching those responsible.

Irresponsible motorists are making the roads in Doha and its suburbs less pleasant for people, so new measures to enforce traffic and road safety laws are needed.

Traffic safety is a major concern of the law-enforcement agencies as the population of people and vehicles is increasing.

The daily quoted a traffic official, Captain Hamad Ali Al Misnad, as saying that the use of unmarked vehicles for traffic patrol is planned as chaos and congestion on the roads have been increasing.

Violations and accidents hinder smooth traffic, he said.

To begin with, eight unmarked vehicles will be deployed for traffic patrol, Al Misnad added.

Al Misnad said some motorists observe traffic rules only when they see a traffic patrol van and as soon as the van has disappeared they are back to irresponsible driving.

Once the unmarked vehicles equipped with cameras are used to record violations, motorists will be careful and the irresponsible ones would be caught.

Cameras in these vehicles will click pictures of violations, which could be presented in court as proof of offence.

According to Al Misnad, the use of unmarked police vehicles for patrolling is not a new concept. Many European countries use such vehicles.

Unmarked vehicles will be deployed on major thoroughfares in the country. They will also be active at night when traffic is thin. The fleet will be increased in future.