Nationals can now own only one taxi each

ABU DHABI - Under a new policy, UAE nationals can now only have a trade licence to run only one taxi instead of earlier when they used to own as many taxis as they wanted, said a senior labour official.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Mon 19 Apr 2004, 11:04 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:04 PM

The move mainly aims to curb the phenomenon of having more than one driver for one taxi, as it has been observed that drivers do not transfer their sponsorship to the new owner in the event of ownership transfer of the vehicle, Dr Khalid Mohammed Al Khazraji, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, told Khaleej Times on Sunday.

"It has been reported that several drivers were registered for the same vehicle while and do not work for the owner of the taxi," said Dr Khazraji.

He said the new policy was tabled during a meeting he held on Sunday with officials at the Abu Dhabi Traffic and Licencing Department.

He said the new system, which will help in streamlining the taxi business, broadening the base of ownership of taxis and reducing the number of taxis plying on the capital roads, would be implemented soon.

As per the new policy, each taxi will be treated as an independent facility with a trade licence and one driver, so as to avoid any trespasses against the labour laws and regulations set by the country, and reorganise the labour market and prevent malpractice, said Dr Khazraji. "We have decided to coordinate with the Traffic and Licencing Department to regulate vehicle registration operations in a step prior to enforce the new policy," he said.

The under-secretary said that the system has already been implemented in all the emirates except for Abu Dhabi.

Meanwhile, Dr Khazraji also said that the ministry has completed a comprehensive study to broaden the activity of the recruitment offices in the country and involve them in training and employing nationals instead of being restricted to recruitment of foreign labour force.

"The ministry has prepared an in-depth study to enhance the role of recruitment offices in the country, and include them in qualifying and employing national cadres in local labour market," said Dr Khazraji.

He said the details of the study and mechanisms of implementation will be discussed today.

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