There will be a Dhs600 fine for any cars who use it…

Drivers around the JLT area take note, as from July 1 the Road’s and Transport Authority (RTA) will activate a new dedicated bus and taxi lane. 

It’s the third phase of the Masar project, and will cover a 1.8km distance at the approaches of JLT Metro Station.

From the first of July, any cars that enter the dedicated bus and taxi lane will be fined Dhs600. Fines will be issued either through RTA’s surveillance cameras or manually through Dubai Police patrols. Regular vehicles can only use the dedicated lanes when entering/exiting subsidiary roads.

“During the past few months, the preparatory phase of this scheme started in the area, but without involving, fines. The introduction of the system has seen a reduction in the number of vehicles using the dedicated bus and taxi lane” said the RTA’s director of transportation systems, Adel Shakri. “The main objective of the scheme is to curb traffic congestion through offering speedy, effective and safe public transport services,” added Shakri.

The first phase of the dedicated bus and taxi lane system was introduced in 2010 and covered over 6km on Al Mankhool Street from Satwa roundabout to Sheikh Rashid Street, and Al Khaleej Street from the intersection with Khalid bin Al Waleed Street up to Al Musalla Street (opposite to the Hyatt Regency Hotel).

It also covered the area from Khalid bin Al Waleed Street from the intersection of Al Mina Road up to Street 16, and Al Ghubaiba Street from the intersection of Al Mina Road up to Street 12.

The second phase was introduced in 2011, covering parts of Naif Street extending 1km from Al Musalla Street up to Al Khaleej Street.

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