By Andy Sambidge
List of public transport penalties approved, includes AED200 fine for ticket dodgers.
Fines of AED100 will be handed out to anyone caught eating or drinking on the Dubai Metro, it was reported on Tuesday.
And penalties will rise to AED500 for offences such as destroying, damaging or tampering with devices, equipment or seats of public transport facilities and services.
A AED200 fine awaits any passenger who tries to use the metro system without a valid ticket.
"Anybody found violating the public transport use rules will face a fine for it is important to ensure comfortable travel for every passenger and protection of public transport property and facilities," Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, said in comments published by UAE daily Gulf News.
A list of fines has been approved by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Executive Council.
Al Tayer told the paper: "We cannot allow passengers to damage the mass transport and its facilities, including buses, trains, stations and other services."
He added that those involved in vandalism and damaging the Metro, public buses and the water buses would be dealt with.
"Safety and security of passengers is our top priority and there will be no compromise on it," he added.
He said that apart from more than 660 trained police officers specially trained to protect the passengers and the transport system, there will be officials from the RTA and the operator Serco to ensure safety of passengers and the transport facilities.
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Depending on their job positions in Dubai this fine could be a high amount for those earning about but for those making good money in the UAE this is a drop in the bucket. They definitely should have fines to deter people from eating on the metro to keep the place clean. This will deter the poor more than the rich.
So what about the fact we live in a country with 50 degree weather and the fact the metro stations will be full of convenience stores?? No food or drink the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard and I presume that applies to children as well??
I agree with the food (and supposedly) smoking ban. However will it be ban like that of liquids in airports (strictly enforced), or will it be enforced like laws like throwing cigarette butts while driving , i.e. a subsection of the populace claiming they can do what they want and that the laws are for others....they obey laws when police are in sight, and ignore them when police is not there..
I can understand the rule for not being allowed to eat on the metro but to ban drinking on the metro is absurd. I see nothing wrong with being allowed to have some water during your journey and if your journey happens to be from Jebel Ali to the airport, no-one should be expected to have to leave the train at some point with all of their luggage just to have a drink. This rule needs to be re-considered, and yes I totally agree with Craig, children have a higher tendancy to need something to drink more often than adults. Think of the crowd build-up around the platforms when people would be stepping off to have a sip of water and hurry back on!
It is quite normal for early morning commuters to eat breakfast on the way to work and a snack on the way home, banning food & drink will not work, people will not use the Metro then.
when there is too much of restrictions, people tend to act smart , and someone to become rebellious. banning food from metro will only invite complaints and discomfort from public. simulataneously by allowing the passengers to take food or drinks, we can educate / request public to learn the necessity of maintaining cleanliness. to the contrary, if we implement rules against the interest of public, obviously it will temp them to act in the negative.
When comparing metro systems in various countries, I found much cleaner trains in those that banned eating and drinking and smoking on them. Other countries that did allow eating and drinking spend so much money on cleaning all those trains at the end of each day. I totally support the restrictions. simply requesting/educating the public to be clean, not litter and considerate of others and the environment is a waste of breath now as, unfortunately, this will take a long time to accomplish. Set the rules, make them pay, they will learn.
Folks, it is fairly simple: There is an operator providing mass transportation to the convenience of the public at a given charge, terms and conditions; and everyone can determine for itself if he or she if willing to do so or not. Full stop. It is useless to discuss the decision of the RTA. We do not have to like the rules - we just have to follow. Anyhow, my own experience is those mass transport systems which banned the consumption of foodstuff are generaly cleaner and more convenient to use. I do support the decison of RTA. Greetings folks, Tom
The comments made imply that these fines will be issued for any means of public transport under the RTA, such as busses, and not only the Metro. Quote: "We cannot allow passengers to damage the mass transport and its facilities, including buses, trains, stations and other services." Could Arabian Business please clarify this as we don't want to fined for carrying a bottle of water or juice on the bus!
More restriction will not be fulfilling the aim of aim of Metro. Commuters will be entitled some what freedom for comfortable journey.