A Traffic Fine Of Dh3,000 Introduced For Carpooling In UAE
Motorists are warned by the UAE police that if found carpooling can lead to Dh3000 fine, 24 black points and 30 days of vehicle confiscation. Brigadier Ibrahim Sultan Al Zaabi, director of the transport security department claimed the most significant reason to ban carpooling is to protect public from being a victim. He also added “There are a number of threats associated with using an unlicensed taxi, which include sexual harassment, theft, fraud, quarrels, and the driver may also be in violation of residency laws”. As per the police records, there are more than 2,000 motorists were fined for illegally transporting passengers in their private vehicles in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Another report published in Gulf News stated that the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai suspended carpooling permits to encourage commuters to use public transport and other smart alternatives. Mohammad Abu Bakr Al Hashemi, Director, Planning and Business Development at RTA’s Public Transport Agency, added “The RTA introduced various services which include ‘Smart Car Rental’, taxis, limousine and E-Hail services to help commuters reach their destinations and connect with different public transport modes. We encourage commuters to use public transport and other smart alternatives.” Source: https://goo.gl/ovPWah