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.
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