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Dubai Police to now charge for services
Curated by Yousuf Saifuddin Kapadia/Dubai
Filed on May 10, 2016
Here is a list of police services that Dubai residents will be charged for.
His Highness Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has issued an Executive Council Resolution No (15) of 2016, which approves the fees for a number of services provided by Dubai Police.
The new Resolution aims to enable Dubai Police to further develop and enhance services provided to its customers.
The Resolution stipulates that Dubai Police can charge for services listed in the table of fees annexed to this Resolution.
Charges for services
These services include transporting light and heavy vehicles and motorbikes from one place to another in the emirate; moving light and heavy vehicles, cranes, containers and other similar vehicles off the road; and detaining light and heavy vehicles at their designated areas.
The Resolution further outlines newly introduced fees for services such as issuing certificates and permits as well as inspecting traffic accident sites.
Further to the new Resolution, Council Resolution No (5) of 2011 pertaining to fees for services provided by Dubai Police is considered null and void.
The new Resolution annuls any other provision that contradicts or challenges this Resolution. The new Council Resolution is valid from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.
Earlier this year, an Executive Council Resolution No (2) of 2016 was issued on fees for ambulance services provided at the site of traffic accidents. The Resolution was considered valid from February 28, 2015.
Dubai Police and Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services charge a fee of Dh6,770 for emergency and evacuation services provided to each casualty in a traffic accident, which will be collected from the insurance provider of the party that caused the accident.
In April, an Executive Council Resolution No (9) of 2016 on the amendment of the fee schedule related to licensing of professionals working in the field of ambulance services was issued.
The resolution replaces the fee schedule annexed to the Executive Council Resolution No (2) of 2011.
Airport service charges
The police and ambulance services are not the only one to levy charges on customers and residents, but earlier this year, Dubai and Sharjah Airports also introduced a charge on using the airport services.
Shaikh Hamdan had approved Executive Council Resolution No (8) of 2016 pertaining to the collection of fees from passengers using airport facilities in Dubai.
As per the resolution, every passenger leaving the UAE from any of Dubai's airports, including transit passengers, will be charged Dh35 as a service fee for using airport facilities.
The resolution exempts passengers below two years, cabin crew from paying the fee in addition to transit passengers whose arrival and departure flight number is the same.
Airlines operating in Dubai airports are tasked with collecting the fee while issuing tickets, whether in the UAE or outside the country, effective March 1 2016 for flights departing Dubai's airports after June 30, 2016.
The collected fees will be transferred to Dubai Airports, and subsequently to the Dubai government public treasury.
The resolution aims to improve Dubai's airport infrastructure and boost its capacity, which is set to reach 100 million passengers by 2023.
Soon after, Sharjah added a Dh35 fee for those traveling out of its international airport.
The fee mirrors the one announced by Dubai on March 30. It's a charge on passengers transiting through or leaving by Sharjah International Airport. Children under two years and flight crews will be exempt.