Inspectors fine 40 metro passengers AED200 for fare trick

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By Elsa Baxter  www.arabianbusiness.com

More than 40 passengers have been fined AED200 each for trying to trick Dubai Metro inspectors whilst travelling in the wrong class of carriage.

METRO FARE: Officials remind passengers to pay correct fare or face a fine. (ITP Images)
METRO FARE: Officials remind passengers to pay correct fare or face a fine. (ITP Images)

A senior official of Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) told Gulf News that the people had been carrying a Nol gold card to show inspectors, but were only paying their fare with a silver card.

“We have caught some passengers who were in possession of both the Nol Silver and the Nol Gold Cards. They pay their fare with the Nol Silver Card, but travel in the Gold Class and show the Nol Gold Card when inspectors check them while travelling in the Gold Class,” a the unnamed official said.

Passengers were warned that inspectors can easily check whether the correct ticket has been used with hand held electronic tracking devices.

There are about 30 different offences a passenger on the metro can be fined for, including damaging the seats and pressing the emergency stop button when there is no emergency. Fines range from AED100 to AED2,000.