‘Residents have complained against the nuisance created by campers and quad bikers’
Police patrols have been stepped up to crack down on quad bikers who drive recklessly in and around desert camping zones, including Faya, Badair, Al Saifah, Al Batih, Al Dhaid and Mleiha.
The operation comes following a large number of complaints from residents living close to these areas.
“Residents have complained against the nuisance created by campers and quad bikers and we have intensified our patrols from Wednesday,” said Major General Saif Al Zeri Al Shamsi, commander-in-chief of Sharjah Police.
“Camping in such areas would now only be allowed after obtaining permission from the authorities concerned.”
He added that with the onset of the winter season, the police have issued warnings against various illegal activities by desert campers, and quad bikers who drive recklessly in unauthorised areas.
Maj. Gen Al Shamsi said that despite their constant warning and awareness campaign, campers – who come from various parts of the emirate – continue to violate safety rules and regulations.
He added the young motorists are still found driving their vehicles and quad bikes in the desert in a dangerous manner. They have been seen performing stunts, mostly in residential areas, posing danger to people and causing disturbance, the top cop pointed out.
Fine for violation
During the crackdown, the police would slap fine on campers if they are caught driving without a licence, riding quad bikes on highways or unauthorised places, failing to use safety equipment, and camping in undesignated zones.
Patrols are mandated to immediately confiscate the vehicles of those who perform stunts.
An official from the central region of Sharjah Police averred that since the last year which witnessed a number of accidents, the police in coordination with authorities concerned have formed a committee to ensure a safe winter for campers in Badair, Al Saifah, Al Batih, Al Dhaid and Mleiha. The committee will take stock of the adherence to anti-Covid measures and prevent large gathering of people at one place.
He urged the campers to pay attention to the signs put up at sites dedicated to tourism and entertainment, and comply with Covid-19 safety measures, while following all the guidelines.
The police also called on trekkers to call 901 and inform the authorities of their hiking plans so they may be advised of safety regulations. A satellite phone is recommended for them so they could be easily tracked in case of an emergency.
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