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Dubai: Over 220 Cars Impounded for Illegal Passenger Transport; Fines Up to Dh50,000

RTA official advises people to avoid using illegal transport services

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Published on June 5, 2024, 13:16:24

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At least 225 vehicles have been impounded as part of a crackdown by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) aimed at curbing illegal passenger transport services. The campaign specifically targets private vehicles used for unauthorised passenger transport.

Illegal transport operators carrying passengers or goods anywhere in Dubai face fines of up to Dh50,000 for corporate violators and Dh30,000 for individuals.

Recently, the RTA conducted a series of inspections targeting unlicensed passenger transport and related activities. These inspections, carried out in collaboration with Dubai Police, Airport Security and Emirate’s Parking, resulted in the seizure of over 220 vehicles and the issuance of hundreds of fines to violators.

Saeed Al Balooshi, Director of Passenger Transport Activities Monitoring at RTA’s Public Transport Agency, stated: “RTA, in collaboration with Dubai Police, launched an operation against unlicensed passenger transport operators across the emirate to curb 'passenger smuggling.' The campaign is part of our plan to ensure passenger safety and discourage illegal transport operators.”

The most common areas for illegal transport are airports, where unlicensed operators target incoming passengers with much lower fares. During the inspections, at least 90 vehicles were impounded at terminals 1, 2, and 3 of Dubai Airports.

Similarly, the RTA impounded 49 vehicles around the Jebel Ali area, which is also notorious for illegal passenger transport, as unauthorised taxi operators offer cheaper rides to low-income workers in these areas. He also advised people to avoid using such illegal transport services, as they may not be safe. He noted that RTA teams conduct regular inspections across Dubai to curb these activities and ensure the safety of residents and tourists.

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