Over four days, RTA's events and shopping centre organising field teams carried out 321 inspections on taxis Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Dubai officials have recorded 30 offences during recent inspections of taxis and limos at malls, mainly regarding hygiene and cleanliness.

The Public Transport Agency of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) carried out the inspections on limo and taxi companies operating under license from RTA. The inspections took place at the various shopping malls, including Mirdif City Center, Deira City Center, Dubai Mall and Dubai Festival City.

Attention to appearance

Saeed Al Balooshi, director of Passengers Transport Activities Monitoring, Public Transport Agency, RTA, said: “The inspection campaigns aimed to educate taxi drivers and limo chauffeurs about Dubai as a tourist and recreational destination, and the importance of compliance with the instructions and guidance relating to their business. Particular attention was given to the appearance as well as the cleaning of the interior and exterior of taxis and limousines.”

Hundreds of inspections

He added: “Over four days, our events and shopping centre organising field teams carried 321 inspections on taxis resulting in 28 offences, and 100 inspections on limos resulting in just two offences. The campaign identified vehicles that fall short of the required standards and cleaning instructions. Drivers were informed to care more for their hygiene and the cleanliness of their vehicles. They were reminded to comply with RTA’s instructions in this regard to reduce the number of complaints filed by riders.”

Al Balooshi said the department carries out year-round inspection campaigns in several parts of Dubai to monitor violations and unacceptable activities that may undermine the tourist and service profile of the emirate.