Littering on road to invite Dh5,000 fine

DUBAI — The Dubai Municipality will soon be slapping heavy fines, that can go up to Dh5,000, on motorists who tend to drop litter on roads, officials have said.

By Joy Sengupta

Published: Thu 12 Apr 2007, 9:04 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:40 AM

They added that the civic body had come up with 31 violations that are usually committed by drivers of all kinds of vehicles while they are on the road.

The number of violations committed by motorists insofar as flouting public health and safety rules are concerned was 1,7722 in Dubai last year, officials said, adding that motorists paid a sum of Dh5.7 million as fine and around 14,892 companies were issued warnings during the same period.

Ali Al Jaroodi, General Coordinator for Violations of Public Cleanliness at the Environment Section of the Dubai Municipality, said a team of 483 inspectors would be looking into these violations. “People, especially motorists, need to keep the city clean. Drivers who are caught littering can be fined anything between Dh100 and Dh5,000. The municipality has warned drivers against spitting and throwing cigarette butts on the road. Those caught doing this would be fined Dh100. The fine can be doubled if they are found repeating their mistake,” he said.

Other serious offences include urinating in public places, companies dumping waste in just any place they choose to do so, throwing waste into sea water, creek or ports, Al Jaroodi said.

Spilling water in large quantities on the pretext of washing cars, letting water drip from air-conditioners in the open and clothes left to dry in balconies are also punishable offences, he added.

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