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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

UAE legal Q&As: can I not pay a taxi driver who refused to take my route?

A reader asks what the repercussions are of not paying a taxi driver and another asks if they are liable should a business they made a small investment in fails

If a taxi driver has not taken me to my requested location or has refused to take the route I suggest can I leave without paying? What are the repercussions of not paying a taxi fare?

Not paying a taxi fare is punishable by the UAE Federal Law under article no. 395 which provides for the punishment of imprisonment of no more than 6 months and/or the fine of no more than Dh5,000 to anyone who does not pay their bill.

If there is a dispute between the passenger and the taxi driver for any reason and the passenger feels that they have been oppressed by the taxi company or the driver then the passenger need only take note of the taxi number and file a complaint with the transport authority, this will save the time and potential for legal reprimand.

I purchased a 10 per cent stake in a company but then fell out with my partners. It has been years since I have had any contact with them and I do not get sent any share of the profit. Should the company fail will I legally be made liable?

Most likely the company you are talking about is a Limited Liability Company (LLC), where the liability of each partner is limited by the value of his shares. If that is the case, even if the debts of the company prevailed its assets or the company went into insolvency, liquidation or even bankruptcy, the debts shall not extend to the assets of each partner.

This implies that even if a creditor of the company filed a claim against the company, directors or partners the court may not compel the partners to pay off the debt from their personal money, but only compels the company to pay the debt from its assets.

If you have a question for our lawyer, please email it to newsdesk@thenational.ae with the subject line 'Know the law'.

Our legal columnist

Name: Yousef Al Bahar

Advocate at Al Bahar & Associate Advocates and Legal Consultants, established in 1994

Education: Mr Al Bahar was born in 1979 and graduated in 2008 from the Judicial Institute. He took after his father, who was one of the first Emirati lawyers

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