2,000 fines issued for illegal taxis in Abu Dhabi

Police carry out five-month crackdown in conjunction with cab regulator TransAD

Abu Dhabi Police.

Abu Dhabi Police.

Abu Dhabi Police issued 2,000 fines over a five-month period to operators of illegal taxis in the emirate.

Described as illegal passenger transport (carpooling) in private cars, Abu Dhabi Police said all of the violators were Asian.

The crackdown was carried out in cooperation with the Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars (TransAD), who oversee taxis in the Abu Dhabi.

According to the law in Abu Dhabi, it’s illegal to transport passengers using private vehicles for a fee without a license.

Colonel Tariq Al Ghoul, head of Department of Transport at the Abu Dhabi Police, said the campaign was carried out in response to complaints received from people who had used the service.

As well as targeting those involved in the illegal operation, Al Ghoul said they also carried out an advertising campaign in all the media, in all languages.

“We need to intensify our inspections during peak times in the areas of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, in cooperation with the transport police,” Mohammed Darwish Al Qumzi, director of TransAD, said.

In order to curb the practice, Hamad Al Dhahiri, chief of Illegal Passenger Transport Section, TransAD, said they have provided extra vehicles in areas where the illegal taxis were operating.

“According to statistics and studies, certain nationalities provide this illegal service across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. TransAD has provided a big number of taxis in areas where illegal car lift thrives. This aims to facilitate taxi services, provide a legal alternative to public transportation and urge people to use it,” Al Dhahiri said.

Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

NOTE: Comments posted on arabianbusiness.com may be printed in the magazine Arabian Business

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Saudi Arabia outsources airport operations

Saudi Arabia outsources airport operations

The signing last week of public-private partnerships to manage...

The cost of the US laptop ban

The cost of the US laptop ban

Aviation analysts and airline bosses are warning of significant...

Q&A: The laptop ban and what it means when flying from Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Q&A: The laptop ban and what it means when flying from Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Couldn't a laptop with a bomb inside still pose a danger within...

Most Discussed