Curbing illegal taxis

There are many spots in Dubai like Nasser Square, Bur Dubai Bus Station, Sabkha Bus Station, Jafaliya Immigration bus stop where you see drivers are openly sourcing passengers and I see some of the faces are same for the last many years. How could the RTA authorities ignore this trend for such a long time?

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Published: Tue 28 Oct 2014, 9:46 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:19 AM

Any illegal taxi driver caught for the third time must be deported then only this practice will stop. At Sabkha area you will find group of 6 to 8 passengers are gathered to transport them to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain etc. The RTA needs to do snap checking in civil dress and confiscate the vehicle used in such activities.

Mahesh Devji, Dubai

People are using illegal taxi service because of the low cost and also because of the taxi drivers not responding to customers even though people wait for long time.

Taxi drivers change the lane, or even if they stop they ignore the customers simply by saying they have finished their shift.

Mohamed Ameen, by email

RTA Taxis are not available from 2 to 6 pm. Hence people have to opt for private taxis.
Also during peak hours, taxi meter is running even when stuck in traffic whereas the price is fixed for private taxi. During peak hours, RTA Taxi charges Dh45 for a trip from K. M. Center on Oudh Metha Road to International City whereas private Taxi charges Dh25 regardless of duration of journey.

Asif Sayed, by email

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