By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Earlier this week, Dubai Police said they've imposed over 2,500 fines for various reasons amid the Covid-19 pandemic
Drivers and passengers in Dubai are being fined for failing to wear protective masks when in the vehicle, police have warned.
Earlier in the week, Dr. Farida Al Hosani, the spokeswoman for the UAE health sector, said that everyone should wear a mask regardless of whether they are showing symptoms of coronavirus or not or feeling ill.
“After Dr Farida’s remarks, we issued a circular on the importance of wearing masks while inside cars as part of the precautionary measures,” Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, the director of the traffic department at Dubai Police.
Al Mazroui added that, at first, police issued warnings – via text – rather than fines.
“We started sending out the warnings at first in order to let people know, so they do not claim they weren’t aware of the rule,” Al Mazroui said. “After that, if any of those who were warned for not wearing the mask inside the care repeated the offence, the actual fine was issued.”
Earlier this week, Dubai Police said they had imposed 2,527 warnings and fines against drivers who violated restrictions on movement during the National Sterilisation Programme.
The overall number of fines includes 2,076 warnings and fines against people for violating safety instructions and leaving their home without authorisation and a valid reason.
Another 204 warnings and one fine were issued to residents who had more than the three passengers permitted by law in their vehicle.