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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Crackdown targets illegal airport taxi services in Dubai

Roads and Transport Authority to carry out year-round inspections to catch offenders

The RTA is targeting illegal drivers who pick up fares at Dubai International Airport. Getty
The RTA is targeting illegal drivers who pick up fares at Dubai International Airport. Getty

Illegal taxi drivers offering unlicensed airport transport services are being targeted in a crackdown by Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority.

The government body is carrying out ongoing airport terminal swoops to catch out unlicensed drivers who are "undermining" the reputation of the city to residents and tourists, by flouting the law.

It is just one of a series of initiatives being spearheaded by the RTA, including efforts to tackle fare dodgers on public transport.

“The site teams of RTA carry out year-round inspection campaigns in several areas of Dubai to spot offences and illegal activities. They also monitor attitudes undermining the tourist profile of Dubai as a metropolitan city offering premium services to residents, visitors and tourists from all over the world,” said Mohammed Waleed Nabhan, the RTA's Director of Transport Activities Monitoring.

A clamp down on illegal taxi services has also been taking place in Abu Dhabi, with more than 2,000 cases of drivers offering unlicensed transport services reported to police since the start of the year.

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