Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed that an inspection campaign targeting unlicensed passenger transport, taxis and limousines has uncovered more than 300 offences in 30 days.
The move was taken in cooperation with strategic partners, including Dubai Police (Airport Police Centre and Tourist Security Department), the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai, and several other government departments.
The campaign targeted work and tourist areas in the emirate and resulted in 306 offences for practicing unlicensed passenger transport activities.
About 257 of these offences were related to the practicing of unauthorised commercial passenger transport, and 49 offences were related to the promotion of unauthorised passenger transport, according to Mohammed Walid Nabhan, director of Passengers Transport Activities Monitoring at RTA’s Public Transport Agency.
He added that penalties enforced against violators included seizing the vehicle and deporting the driver in the case of making more than three offences. Sixty vehicles were impounded, and 20 violators have been deported.
As for taxis, 1,624 offences were reported including 326 for parking in prohibited areas, 315 for picking passengers from unauthorised areas, and 242 for obstructing traffic movement.
For limousines, 173 offences were made including 53 for failing to fix the driver’s permit badge, 32 for eating, smoking or sleeping in the vehicle during working hours, and 29 for parking in prohibited places.
“The overall objective of these plans is to maintain the safety and security of Dubai’s residents and tourists and realise RTA’s vision of safe and smooth transport for all,” added Nabhan.