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Brit Rebecca Blake and her co-defendant, an Irishman, were handed three- month jail terms in November by Dubai Misdemeanours Court after being found guilty of having an illegal affair. They were also fined Dhs3,000 each for drinking alcohol and will be deported after serving their sentences.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has also started imposing fines on taxi companies if the number of complaints against their fleet breach the limit set by the agency. As a result, complaints against taxi services have come down significantly, a senior official told Gulf News.
Over the years, those operating illegal taxis have changed their ways constantly to evade the authorities — from pursuing prospective customers randomly to dressing up smartly as chauffeurs at airports. Regardless of the option they choose, the authorities warned that they are unlikely to get away with it. A fresh campaign has been launched to crack down on illegal taxis in the city.
The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has kicked off a promotional campaign entitled “DTC Fleet” as part of its strategic vision to upgrade the level of taxi services rendered to customers, enhance the operational efficiency, introduce and promote DTC services and raise the profile of the DTC among all segments of the community.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is seriously considering a proposal from six taxi franchise companies in Dubai to hike taxi fares in the near future. The Public Transport Agency (PTA) at RTA, the body that regulates taxi affairs in Dubai, is under considerable pressure from the franchise companies to raise fares following the double hike in fuel prices over the last six months.
While coming into land, the Airbus A330-200 pilot spotted another aircraft already on the same runway and took off immediately after initially touching down. "Emirates flight EK 523 from Trivandrum to Dubai landed at 0722 on November 7, 2010. The aircraft initiated a go-around sequence at the time of landing, after momentarily touching the runway,” an Emirates spokesperson said, in an emailed reply to Arabian Business.