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Fines increased and black points brought in for litter lout drivers.

Fines for drivers who throw rubbish out of their windows have been raised from Dhs200 to Dhs500.

Spitting out of a car will also be punished by a Dhs500 fine, authorities said. As well as a fine, motorists caught littering or spitting will be hit with four black points on their licences.

Commenting on the tougher penalties, Mohammed Kassim, a Sudanese driver based in Abu Dhabi, said: "It is a good thing to punish people for such bad behaviour.Some drivers are not bothered about littering or spitting on the road while driving."

Dubai-based driver Rob Scott said: "Spitting out of a car is disgusting -- but sadly you see it all too often here."

According to the new federal traffic law, in the case of public transport vehicles such as buses, only passengers caught littering or spitting will be punished -- not the drivers.

"For buses and other public transport vehicles, the drivers are not responsible for such behaviour," a senior traffic police officer said. "Only the passengers who are caught or seen throwing waste will be punished."

The official said the new law is intended to ensure the safety of all road users and also to protect the environment and keep the UAECeclean.

The new law authorises both police and municipalities to punish offenders. Fines will be given out on spot or, if patrols spot offenders but are unable to stop them there and then, their vehicle licence plate will be recorded and the offender will be notified of their fine.

Authorities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have been fining drivers and passengers caught throwing waste out of cars. But the behaviour was not a traffic offence until the recent amendment in the federal law.

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Date:Apr 13, 2015
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