Dh3,000 fine, 24 black points for illegal taxi drivers in Abu Dhabi
More than 650 privately owned vehicles ran 'illegal transportation' in the Capital in three months.
The Abu Dhabi Police have warned motorists in the Capital that those picking up passengers illegally will face a fine of Dh3,000, 24 traffic points, as well as the confiscation of the vehicle for 30 days.
More than 2,000 people were caught transporting passengers illegally this year, while a total of 2,198 people were caught illegally transporting residents in their privately owned vehicles, the police revealed recently.
The police said some drivers operating their private cars as taxis do not hold licences issued by the UAE authorities and may even be staying in the country illegally.
In April this year, more than 650 privately owned vehicles ran illegal transportation in the capital in just three months.
Last year, nearly 100 taxis were seized in Al Wathba and nearby areas as part of a crackdown on unlicensed activities. The police had impounded a total of 98 privately owned vehicles being used as taxis last year.
In March, 2018, a private school in the Khalifa City had issued a safety alert to families after a driver was caught trying to offer taxi services to students leaving the school.
While in October last year, hundreds of illegal taxis were seized by the Abu Dhabi Police, as part of a crackdown on unlicensed activities.
Brigadier Ibrahim Sultan Al Zaabi, director of the transport security department, said: "Illegal transportation of passengers effects the society. These are acts of offence and are a risk to the safety of passengers, particularly, if there is a car accident and the driver of the vehicle is unknown."
The Abu Dhabi Police have posted several reminders about traffic rules, traffic safety and traffic law amendments on their social media platforms, the most popular of them being a reminder to use signals while changing lanes.
"A fine of Dh400 for drivers who fail to use signal lights while changing the vehicle direction or making turns", the police said on its official Twitter handle.
The Abu Dhabi Police earlier said that 10,766 drivers were given a fine of Dh400 from the period of July 1 to December 2017 for breaking the rule.
The Abu Dhabi Police continue to raise awareness through their social media platforms, which aim to target all segments of the society, as well as awareness programmes and initiatives in schools, universities and other educational institutions.
In July last year, the UAE's federal traffic law was amended, implementing new fines and regulations across the country.