RTA apparently fines Dubai carpoolers
According to an article in Gulf News, plain-clothes RTA officials have been going around Dubai fining people for simply sharing a car to get to the office. Basically, even if they see you picking up your buddy on the side of the road, you could be slapped with a Dhs 5000 fine. And I can bet you they are probably targetting people with economy cars. Like the trusty old Toyota Corolla that my family owns.
Apparently companies have also been fined for dropping off clients, as well as people who shared a car to the same office. Of course, the RTA claims that their inspectors are well-trained and they know who is sharing a car with friends and who is running an illegal taxi. I guess they are psychic.
So, considering Dubai has the most racist taxi drivers in the world, as well as overcrowded roads and public buses, with the metro-train still 3 years away, we are all supposed to walk.
Want my advice? Keep on carpooling. I have hitched rides before, and it is well worth the convenience. Just keep an eye out for suspicious-looking characters who stare at your car while you are picking up people. And never depend on taxis.
The full article is on Gulf News. And keep the 800 9090 number handy, so you can call in a complaint as your fine is being written.