In the bid to ensure safety and quality services, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) carried out 1,375 inspections in marine transport activities covering abras, water taxis, water buses, ferries, and safety of equipment operators as well as passengers in H1 2019, with the activity resulting in the issuance of 98 offence tickets.
In a statement RTA said: “22 campaigns were launched to inspect marine transport activities in the first half of this year to verify the compliance of all parties with the applicable rules and regulations governing this sector.”
According to RTA, the most frequent offence was the failure to produce an abra driving permit upon request, and the collection of abra fare when in transit.
In H1 2019, 81 offences related to abras were recorded compared to corresponding numbers of 69 in the same period last year.
RTA said that the campaigns covered several marine transport spots including Jebel Ali, Marina Terrace, Marina Walk, Global Village, Al Mamzar, Baniyas, Al Sabkha, Rashid Port, Al Seef, Dubai Design District, and Jumeirah Open Beach.
“The underlying objectives of marine inspection campaigns are to curb negative practices and promote compliance with the applicable rules to ensure quality services, especially as Dubai has a high international profile and cares much for quality services,” the statement added. More