Public support Dubai Metro food ban

Majority backs a Dhs100 fine for eating or drinking on the Dubai Metro

A decision by transport chiefs to ban food and drink on Dubai Metro has been welcomed by a majority of would-be passengers.

Fines of Dhs100 will be handed out to anyone caught eating or drinking on the new rail system which is due to open on September 9.

And the ban has been applauded by 54 percent of people who took part in an poll on leading news site Arabian Business.

They said the decision to stop passengers taking food on board the trains would help to keep them clean.

In a separate survey, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTAsaid 61 percent of more than 18,000 commuters said they would be using the metro to get to work.

Public transport penalties in Dubai will rise to Dhs500 for offences such as destroying, damaging or tampering with devices, equipment or seats of public transport facilities and services, the RTA announced earlier this week.

A Dhs200 fine awaits any passenger who tries to use the metro system without a valid ticket.

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