Woman fined for chewing gum at a Dubai bus stop

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By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: A regular commuter in Dubai was shocked when she was penalised by an inspector from Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for chewing gum inside a bus stop.

According to RTA rules and regulations, eating, drinking and smoking inside RTA’s air-conditioned bus shelters is an offence that attracts a Dh100 fine when caught.

It is common knowledge that eating, drinking and smoking inside public transport buses and trains is prohibited, however, most commuters are unaware of a similar ban in bus shelters.

“I have been using public transport for six years and I usually chew gum as a habit. I never thought that even chewing gum could attract a fine. I know it is not allowed in the bus and on the Metro, but I didn’t know there is an eating ban in the bus shelters and I am not sure if chewing gum amounts to eating,” said Ann, a Filipina saleswoman who got penalised. More info