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Illegal taxis taken off the road in Abu Dhabi

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TRAFFIC police have issued fresh warnings about the dangers of using unlicensed taxis, as new figures showed 900 drivers were caught in Abu Dhabi in the first three months of 2015.

The motorists were nabbed during inspection campaigns organised by taxi authority TransAD and Abu Dhabi Police. In each case private cars were used by drivers without licences.

Police said the drivers typically charge Dhs10 per person and carry up to four people at a time. In some cases parents were using such vehicles to send their children to school – despite the drivers not being insured.

Police said some may not even have driving licences. Illegal cabbies usually transport commuters between the city centre and outlying areas such as Musaffah, Mohammed bin Zayed City, and Bani Yas, among other areas.

Mohamed Darwish Al Hosani, director of licensing at TransAD, said: “Drivers of such cars are not qualified to drive passengers and some of them may not be having valid driving licences.”

Transport authorities said they have increased the number of taxis operating on the outskirts to meet demand.

Illegal cabbies found offering such services can be fined between Dhs5,000 and Dhs10,000 or jailed for up to 30 days, or both. The public can report illegal taxis  by phoning 600 535 353.


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