WARNING: Drive in the correct lane in Dubai or risk getting FINED!
If you’re one of those people who like to take be cheeky and squeeze yourself into Dubai's bus and taxi lanes, best you read on.
RTA’s Public Transport Agency in Dubai announced that from April 1 rules have been enforced against motorists using the Bus & Taxi Only lanes. The penalty? A whopping Dhs600!
Dr. Yousef Mohammed Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency said in a press statement: “The system would be implemented in the initial phase on the Bus & Taxi Only Lane extending one kilometre of Naif Road, which is used by 20 routes involving more than 300 RTA’s public buses per day.”
He explained: “To ensure a smooth flow of other vehicles on the Street, the RTA has designated a part of about 20 metres of the Street as a safe distance (Grace Distance) nearby exit points, turns and drop off areas to enable motorists turn to get out of this lane.”
“The Order No (1) for 2010 regarding the use of dedicated lanes on Dubai streets has specified vehicles allowed to use these dedicated lanes as: public buses, taxis, police vehicles, civil defence vehicles, and ambulances serving emergency cases. Vehicles for individual are only permitted to use these lanes to access or exit subsidiary streets,” he said.
So what’s the point of all of this? “The dedicated lanes are considered a successful global practice for encouraging the public to use public transport rather than private transport means and is applied in several cities across North America and Europe,” Al Ali explained.
For those of you who are confused, the system identifies two categories of vehicles — white-listed and black-listed. “The white-listed ones are RTA buses, taxis, ambulances, civil defence and police vehicles, which are allowed to use the dedicated bus lanes, while all private vehicles are black-listed and will be penalised for use of the dedicated lanes,” Al Ali said.
So there you have it. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!