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Nearly 400 Dubai Metro passengers fined so far

Nearly 400 passengers have been fined for breaking rules on the Dubai Metro during the rail network's first 50 days of operation, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTAhas said.

A total of 391 tickets spanning all 31 clauses in the Metro Fines and Offences Code were issued, said Ramadan Abdulla, Director of the Operations Department at the RTA's Rail Agency in comments published by Emirates Business on Tuesday.

The most common offence, accounting for 170 tickets, was using the metro or entering or exiting fare zones without paying the set fare.

This was followed by 77 cases of eating and drinking in prohibited areas, 57 of using invalid cards, 19 of placing feet on seats and 13 of failing to present card on demand, the paper added.

Fines for the offences range from AED250-2,000.

On Sunday it was reported that construction work on all 19 of the stations still to open on the Dubai Metro's Red Line had been completed.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), added that the stations were on track for a phased opening in February 2010.

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