Dubai: Throwing garbage from vehicles, even cigarettes, will face more than just a slap on the wrist- a Dh1,000 fine. The anti-littering rule is not restricted to large items, but is also applicable to tissue paper, aluminum cans or even a cigarette butt.
According to the Traffic Law Polluting the UAE, roads is a federal offense and the penalty is enforced across all the seven emirates.
As per the deputy director of Traffic and Patrols Departments in 2018 first three months, Abu Dhabi Police issued fines against 85 motorists for littering from January to March. He also added “Abu Dhabi Police are committed to maintaining the emirate clean image and keeping a watchful eye on any drivers found littering on the streets from their cars”
In Neighbouring Dubai, nearly 155 inspectors employed at the Waste Management Department at the municipality, who are also authorized to fine people for littering.
The municipality fine for littering is Dh500 under resolution number 14 of 2015 issued by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid AI Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.
The rules should be aware of
- Public urination: Dh500 fine
- Chewing Paan (betel leaves), spitting: Ranges from Dh500-Dh1,000.
- Hanging laundry from the balcony: First-time offenders are given a warning not to repeat the offense. If they are caught breaking the rules for the second time, violators can be fined from Dh500 to Dh1,500.
- Residents will normally be given a warning if they are the first-time offenders, but if they continue to ignore the rule, a fine will most likely be imposed.
- Eating and drinking on public transport, which also includes water and chewing gum: Dh100
- Sleeping in bus passenger shelters: Dh300