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Car-pooling: registration to be made compulsory

Joy Sengupta (Staff Reporter)
Filed on March 31, 2008

DUBAI Motorists who intend to go in for car-pooling will soon have to register themselves with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said a senior official.

Issa Al Dossari, CEO of the Public Transport Agency at the RTA, told Khaleej Times that they would soon develop a link or create a completely new web site to help those who are into the car pooling practice.

There has been a rise in cases of motorists being fined for giving lifts to passengers. In some cases, the motorists were fined even when they were giving lifts to their friends.

Al Dossari said that the group of people working in the same organisation and opting for car pooling would have to fill in the details about them and their vehicles in the web page following which the RTA would first investigate and give them the approval. This would save them from any unnecessary fines and penalties.

"Yes, we have also come across cases when some motorists complain about being fined wrongly by the inspectors. Car-pooling is something which we are encouraging at the moment in a bid to reduce the traffic bottlenecks in the emirate. We plan to set up a link on the RTA web site or create a fully new web site just for registering their names for car pooling," he said.

"People interested in car pooling will need to register themselves. There will be a page consisting of some queries in the web page. They will have to provide information about themselves, their friends and the car to be used.

"Once we get the information, we would first evaluate it and investigations would be conducted. Investigations would be intensive and could take time.

"If found satisfactory, the RTA would issue the person the approval letter. If at all an RTA inspector stops the person, he just needs to show the letter to him," added Al Dossari.

The official added that the service would be provided in a short time and would be helpful.

"Right now there is no definite legislation in this connection. We are sure that this new service would solve this problem once and for all. The investigations would be done intensively to ensure that people engaged in the practice of illegally lifting passengers do not take advantage," he pointed out.

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