Dozens of illegal taxis seized in Dubai

Dubai continues to crack down on illegal taxi services. 41 vehicles used as unofficial taxis were seized recently.

A joint campaign against unlicensed passenger transport has been conducted by Dubai Police and the Emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority.

There were 39 violations, including 25 cases of illegal passenger transport and 14 cases of promotion of illegal business, including advertising on websites and social media.

The police had earlier reminded that engaging in private taxiing within the country is punishable by a fine of AED 3,000 (US$ 822), 24 penalty points and confiscation of the vehicle for 30 days.

The authorities have banned private taxi services to protect members of the public from possible crime and other unpleasantness. For example, a number of crimes such as sexual harassment, theft, fraud and scandal are associated with illegal taxis. The driver may be a violator of immigration laws.

Meanwhile, Dubai is preparing to test American autonomous Cruise vehicles. They will start operating on the emirate’s streets in 2023, and by 2030 Dubai will be served by up to 4,000 of these unmanned taxis.

Cruise is a subsidiary of auto giant General Motors, which produces autonomous vehicles. The plan is for a quarter of all journeys in the emirate to be done without drivers by 2030.

Source: Khaleej Times

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