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Metro operator starts issuing fines for breaking rules


09/13/2009 11:14 PM | By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter

Dubai: The Dubai Metro operator on Sunday started issuing fines to those violating the public transport rules, Gulf News has learnt.

The Metro staff in the stations and trains were seen carrying 'fine books'.

"The Metro operator has started implementing rules to regulate the use of public transport after the first three days of the Metro 'joy ride'," a senior official from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said.

The fines range from Dh100 to Dh2,000. The maximum fine will be issued for pushing the emergency button in trains when there is no 'real emergency'.

An RTA official said a campaign will be launched to educate the public on using the Metro properly.

Meanwhile, some passengers yesterday complained that they could not recharge their Nol cards as many vending machines near bus stops broke down.

"I could not take the bus to work because I could not recharge my card at the vending machine. The bus driver was not carrying new cards," a passenger said.

Gulf News also received numerous complaints about the issue.

Abdullah Al Madani, CEO of the RTA's Corporate Services said: "We will look into the issue of broken vending machines."

Have you observed commuters behaving inappropriately while using the Metro? Did it cause you any inconvenience? Why do you think people are unable to maintain proper conduct at public places?

 
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