Vehicles will be confiscated for 30 days
Motorists caught operating illegal taxi services in the capital will be fined Dh3,000 and have their vehicles seized for 30 days, authorities have warned.
In the latest statement posted on its social media sites, Abu Dhabi Police has warned of the dangers associated with the illegal transport of passengers and its negative effects on their safety and security.
The force urged drivers of private vehicles not to engage in passenger transport activities without permission from the relevant authorities.
The police called on the public to use licensed and licensed taxis that comply with international safety requirements and standards, and to cooperate in the fight against illegal transport, so as to keep everyone safe.
Abu Dhabi Police had reported in recent years seizing thousands of private cars after their owners were discovered smuggling passengers from different Abu Dhabi roads transporting them to various areas.
The motorists were captured mainly by undercover officers when picking up or dropping off commuters in Abu Dhabi.
Police investigations have suggested that most of the cars operating illegal taxi services are privately owned and sometimes the owners employ unlicensed drivers to operate the illegal service.
According to the police, the illegal transport of passengers in private vehicles is considered an uncivilized phenomenon, which has negative social, economic and security impacts.
Colonel Mubarak Awad bin Mahirom, director of the Transport Security Department, said Abu Dhabi Police, in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Integrated Transport Center, have stepped up inspection campaigns to crack down on taxis illegal and catch the offenders.
The penalty for illegal transport of passengers is punishable by a fine of 3,000 Dh, the loss of 24 traffic points and the seizure of the car for 30 days.
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