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04 October 2023

Over 12,000 fined for spitting, other offences

1,600 persons caught washing their cars in public places. (Shutterstock)

By Staff

Abu Dhabi law enforcers fined more than 12,000 people for spitting, throwing cigarette butts and committing other offences in 2014 as part of a drive to ensure public safety and health, an official was reported on Monday as saying.

The offenders also included 1,600 persons caught washing their cars in public places in violation of regulations intended to keep the city clean and save water resources, said Khalifa Al Rumaithi, director of public health at the Abu Dhabi Municipality.

His figures showed a total 12,543 offences were committed in 2014 involving spitting in public, throwing cigarette butts on roads, washing cars in public places, and parking vehicles on pavements and near public waste bins.

“Fines for these offences are Dh500 and are issued instantly…we will continue such campaigns to ensure all people abide by health and safety rules to keep the city safe, healthy and clean and to save water resources,” he said, quoted by local newspapers.