Sharjah fines more than 1,780 motorists for operating illegal taxis

Authorities launch five crackdowns across the emirate

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More than 1,780 motorists have been fined for operating as illegal taxis in Sharjah this year.

Between January and August, 1,024 unlicensed drivers in the emirate were caught during five campaigns launched by transport officers.

Abdulaziz Al Jarwan, director of Sharjah’s Roads and Transport Authority, said teams had focused on the city centre as well as popular areas such as Al Sajaa.

The department used 21 inspectors to assist with the crackdown, with 750 motorists fined between January and March alone.

"RTA Sharjah spares no effort to ensure public safety and curb illegal taxi services,” Mr Al Jarwan said.

“The campaigns covered most of the areas in Sharjah city and in the central region of the emirate.

“They were intensified in hot spots like Al Sajaa, market area in Al Dhaid, worker camps, and industrial areas.”

On a month-by-month basis, figures show 407 fines were issued in June, 192 in July and 425 in August.

Mr Al Jarwan said first-time offenders received a Dh5,000 fine and repeat offenders were ordered to pay Dh10,000.