Il­le­gal taxi drivers off the clock in UAE cap­i­tal

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A to­tal of 122 il­le­gal taxi drivers have been ar­rested af­ter au­thor­i­ties caught them trans­port­ing pas­sen­gers from Abu Dhabi Air­port. The men were al­legedly fer­ry­ing pas­sen­gers from the air­port in pri­vate cars that were not au­tho­rised for com­mer­cial use. The drivers were caught by Abu Dhabi Po­lice in co­or­di­na­tion with the Cen­tre for Reg­u­la­tion of Trans­port by Hire Cars ( Tran­sAd) in the past eight months of 2016. Their ve­hi­cles were con­fis­cated, while le­gal ac­tion will be taken against the drivers.

Au­thor­i­ties said the move was in line with ef­forts to pro­mote se­cu­rity in Abu Dhabi. Tran­sAd’s gen­eral man­ager Mo­hammed Al Qamzi has warned pas­sen­gers and res­i­dents about the dan­gers of us­ing un­li­censed taxis, stress­ing that it poses great risk to their safety and se­cu­rity. He said: “Pas­sen­gers rid­ing in cars that are un­li­censed by reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties would not be sure that the ve­hi­cle it­self is li­censed, in­sured or even well-main­tained.” The law im­poses fines of be­tween Dhs5,000 and Dhs10,000, a 30-day jail term, or both, on of­fend­ers.

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