Abu Dhabi

Dh3,000 fine for transporting passengers illegally in private cars, warn Abu Dhabi Police

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi
ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on September 27, 2020 | Last updated on September 27, 2020 at 06.04 pm
abu dhabi police, illegal taxi service, passenger transport

As many as 3,376 private cars were seized in 2019.

Motorists operating illegal taxi services in Abu Dhabi risk facing fines of Dh3,000 and other penalties, authorities have warned.

In an awareness video posted on its social media sites, the Abu Dhabi Police warned of the dangers associated with illegal transportation of passengers and its negative effects on their security and safety.

The force urged drivers of private vehicles not to engage in passenger transport activity without permission from the competent authorities.

The police has called on the public to use the approved and licensed taxis that conform to international safety requirements and standards, and to cooperate in combating illegal transport, in order to preserve the safety of all.

The Abu Dhabi Police had earlier reported that it seized 3,376 private cars in 2019 after their owners were found transporting passengers from different areas in Abu Dhabi.

The police said officers from the transport security administration of the criminal security sector at Abu Dhabi Police in coordination with the Integrated Transport Center in Abu Dhabi caught the motorists during 1,115 inspection campaigns carried across the emirate during last year.

The motorists were caught mostly by undercover officers when picking up or dropping off commuters across Abu Dhabi.

Police investigations suggested that most of the cars doing illegal taxi services are owned by individuals and sometimes the owners employ unlicensed drivers to operate the illegal service.

Colonel Mubarak Awad bin Mahirom, director of the Transportation Security Department, said Abu Dhabi Police have intensified inspection campaigns to curb illegal cabbies and reduce such violations.

The officer noted that the penalty for illegally transporting passengers carries a fine of Dh3,000, loss of 24 traffic points and seizing the car for 30 days.



Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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