Sharjah cabbies return 3,915 lost items to passengers

Ahmed Shaaban /Sharjah
Filed on October 5, 2016

"These are apart from 368 personal items, 271 documents and certificates, 212 merchandises, and 206 keys."

 Cabbies of the Sharjah Taxi have honestly returned 3,915 items which passengers, of different nationalities, left behind in the first six months of the year.

Abdulaziz Al Jarwan, Director of RTA Sharjah for Transport Affairs, on Thursday said the mobile phones were on top of the lost items found. "These hit 1,332 cell phones or 35 percent of the total items found."

These were followed with 490 cases and 484 wallets, he added. "These are apart from 368 personal items, 271 documents and certificates, 212 merchandises, and 206 keys."  

Sharjah cabbies also found 118 electronic devices and 107 passports over the same period, Al Jarwan stated. "These are added to 103 sums of money, 92 glasses, 23 child trollies, 18 cameras, 10 vehicle number plates, and 51 diverse items."

Updated official records show that most of the lost items were registered in January with 715 reports. "April was the month with least lost times with 604 reports, however."

Few days back, a Sharjah taxi driver honestly returned a medium size suitcase stuffed with thousands of Emirati dirhams as well as important documents to its owner.

"The driver, Naseeb Ullah Sher Dhola, Pakistani, honestly and safely returned a suitcase stuffed with Dh1,700,000, along with important documents which later proved to be of a Korean merchant."

Al Jarwan said all staff drivers go through intensive training courses on a regular basis to improve their performance and enhance their response in case of emergency and similar situation as is the case with found items.

The public are urged to contact RTA Sharjah Call Centre at (600525252) round the clock to report lost items in a public bus or a taxi, he advised. "Passengers would better keep the receipt, and remember the colour of the taxi and driver's uniform as every company has a distinct colour."

With so many reports received on lost items, RTA Sharjah has installed special sensors in its taxi fleet to remind passengers to collect their belongings before getting off. "These sensors are to be fitted in all the 5,300 cabs running in the emirate."



Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I am a sound professional with a 23-year diverse experience as a researcher, lecturer, instructor, reporter, journalist, copy writer, translator, interpreter, proofreader, correspondent, and voice-over specialist with so many public and private entities in USA, UAE and Egypt. I have full command of all English and Arabic languages skills. I have a “Doctorate of Business Administration” degree, Swiss Business School. I have two Master’s degrees; one in Media Sciences, Mass Communication College, Cairo University, 2014, and one in Applied Business Research, Swiss Business School, 2018. I have a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Translation, Al-Alsun College for Languages & Translation, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1996. I have three post graduate diplomas in Education, Curricula and Instruction, and Islamic Studies. I enjoy reading, writing and adventuring.

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