Illegal taxi drivers off the clock in UAE capital
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.
KEEP SAFE: Residents are advised to only use regulated taxi services