Cases of ‘illegal taxis’ decline in Sharjah

SHARJAH — The Sharjah Transport has claimed 24.2 per cent drop in the number of cases of people providing illegal taxi services or offering car lift to commuters in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period
last year.

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Published: Thu 30 Sep 2010, 12:29 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 9:21 AM

The corporation attributed the drop — 584 cases less — to the five-fold increase in the number of patrols and controllers as well as better public transport services.

“As many as 1,829 car sharing violations were spotted from January to June, as compared to 2,413 last year,” said Mohammed Abdullah Al Buraimi, head of the Traffic Violations Monitoring Section at the Sharjah Transport.

“The number of traffic patrols involved has gone up from only six to 30 vehicles. Likewise, the number of judicially powered traffic controllers rose from 12 to 60,” Buraimi told Khaleej Times. The drop may also be attributed to a recent decision to grant temporary permits to private and rented buses if firms want to transport its employees.

“The strengthening of the Sharjah Transport Corporation’s intercity public bus and taxi fleet has also brought down the illegal car lift cases,” he said.

Buraimi said transporting people without licence is not only a sheer violation of traffic rules, but it also poses a grave risk to passenger safety.

“In case of an accident, the driver and passengers will not be able to claim insurance money since the car is not licensed for public transportation.”

Since May 2009, the Sharjah Transport has been imposing a fine of Dh5,000 for offering car lift to commuters for the first time and Dh10,000 if it is repeated.

Legal action is being taken against the car driver if he is found repeating the practice again.

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