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208 tanker drivers caught dumping sewage in Dubai

Figures revealed as 24 members of public get rewards for reporting violators.

More than 200 drivers of tankers have been caught for illegally dumping sewage waste in Dubai, it has been revealed.

The number was revealed by a top Dubai Municipality official as he handed over cash rewards to people who had helped to catch the offenders.

The Environment Department honoured 24 people who cooperated with the civic body to catch tanker drivers who  violated the emirate's environmental protection rules.

Hamdan al-Shaer, director of Environment Department, said the Municipality had formed an action team to catch the violators.

The team, led by Khalid Suleten, caught 208 tankers emptying sewage water in open areas or storm water openings.

Each of them had been fined 100,000 dirhams, he added.

Shaer appealed to the public to cooperate with the Municipality in reporting violators by calling the toll-free number 800900.

The Municipality said it would give a 2,000 dirham cash reward for those who inform the violations.

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