Rail Agency at Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has issued 957 offence tickets to metro users from the start of passenger service on 090909 up to mid of December of the same year across the ten stations on the Red Line.
The Director of Rail Operation Dep’t at RTA Rail Agency Ramadan Abdullah said that as part of the efforts to streamline metro using procedures, 957 offences had been reported against metro commuters spanning 22 clauses out of the 31 clauses contained in the Metro Fines & Offences Code. “Using public transport means, facilities and services or entering/exiting fare zones without paying the prescribed fare attracted 315 offences, followed by entering or sitting at areas designated for specific categories (229 offences), eating & drinking at prohibited areas (150 offences), using invalid card (80 offences), and using the parking designated for metro commuters for more than 24 hours (38 offences).
“Through introducing this Code, Rail Agency aims at streamlining metro mobility and deterring the individuals who cause riots and sabotage or tamper with the stations and the metro in the context of efforts to uphold the integrity of public properties and maintain this iconic masterpiece safe & clean to live up to its billing as the most sophisticated mobility means in Dubai.
“The Code comprises 31 offence clauses against which varying amounts of fines have been set at the top of which comes operating or using security or safety systems such as emergency exits, unless it is essential to do so (2000 dirham), followed by damaging, sabotaging or tampering with the systems, equipment, and seats of public transport means, facilities or services (500 dirham), and the same fine is also levied in the event of using fake cards. Next comes the offence of sleeping in passenger shelters or prohibited areas (300 dirham), followed by parking vehicles in the metro Park and Ride facilities for more than 48 hours (250 dirham).