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Clean up your campsite or RAK up fines: Dh500, 4 black points

Littering violations in RAK can be doubled for a second offence. (Supplied)

By Mohammad El Sadafy

His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah has instructed the implementation of awareness campaigns and inspections to safeguard the environment and stop harmful activities including, dumping of waste at tourist spots.

Brigadier Mohammad Al Nabi, Deputy Commander-in -Chief of Police, RAK, in collaboration with the Department of Public Works and Services, will implement the directives of His Highness through the activation of Article 40 of the Traffic Law, which states:

“Any vehicle found causing pollution to the environment will be liable for a fine of Dh500”.

Article 45 of the Traffic Law, which deals with violation involving littering from vehicles on public streets will draw a fine of Dh500 and four black traffic points.

Brigadier Al Nabi said patrols would especially clamp down in RAK’s natural habitats – beaches and mountains – a favourite with residents and tourists.

Law No 20 of 2013, prohibits pedestrians, vehicle drivers and passengers from throwing trash, or spitting, or throwing cigarette butts or any waste on public highways, or land space, whether walled or fenced.

The violation draws a fine of Dh500, which is doubled for a second offence.

Brigadier Al Nabi has appealed to the public to cooperate to keep the environment and the emirate green and clean.