Dubai inspectors are on the look-out if you break rules on public transport

The Roads and Transport Authority has launched a campaign to catch passengers violating rules on buses, metros

14:44 August 7, 2017
A solar-powered bus shelter.

Dubai: If you’re thinking of catching some sleep and putting your feet up on a seat while commuting on Dubai’s public transport, think again.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Monday announced that it has recently launched a campaign to catch passengers flouting rules on public transport, especially on buses.

Since the campaign was implemented, the RTA’s Public Transport Agency has recorded about 61 offences relating to violations of the use of these facilities.

Abdullah Al Mahri, director of Transport Activities Monitoring at the RTA’s public transport agency, said: “The field teams deployed by the Public Transport Agency have spotted 61 offences during the campaign, such as the illegal affixing of ads to air-conditioned shelters for bus riders, and eating or drinking in bus shelters, throwing wastes or any act that cause damages to these facilities and other violations.

“Offences spotted also included placing feet on seats and smoking at public transport modes,” he said.

Al Mahri pointed out that the campaign aims to protect the civilized appearance of Dubai and to raise customers’ satisfaction with these transit means and services.

“So it was imperative to carry out such a campaign to monitor the negative practices on the part of users, and curb the resulting losses,” he added. 

Metro rules are displayed on the RTA web page, and on brochures.

Dh2,000 - using security or safety system such as the emergency exits, unless it's essential

Dh500 - damaging, sabotaging or tampering with the systems, equipment and seats of public transport means, facilities or services

Dh300 - Sleeping in passenger shelters or prohibited areas

Dh200 - carrying weapons, flammable articles or any hazardous material

Dh100 - Eating, chewing a gum, drinking, causing disturbance or carrying pets (except guide dogs)