Dubai taxi drivers to get black points for misbehaving

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By Anjana Kumar, Staff Reporter  XPRESS  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Cabbies in Dubai who misbehave with passengers or speed will get black points, a senior official of the Public Transport Agency (PTA) has told XPRESS. The new penalty system will come into effect on December 1.

Image Credit: GN Archives Drive at ease: Taxi drivers in Dubai are alerted not to speed through a monitoring system
Image Credit: GN Archives Drive at ease: Taxi drivers in Dubai are alerted not to speed through a monitoring system

“We want to ensure that Dubai taxis adhere to Roads and Transport Authority rules and regulations all the time. Each penalty will cost the taxi driver four black points. Cabbies who get 24 points in a year will be terminated from their services,” said Tariq Al Ghaith, Acting Director, Franchising and Enforcement Department of PTA, which is part of the RTA.

“We hold regular meetings with our franchises to make sure that taxi drivers follow the Franchise and Enforcement Department’s (FED) guidelines. But now we are going a step further by penalising drivers who violate these rules,” he said.

Last June the RTA introduced a speed monitoring system called ‘Aman’ to discourage cabbies from speeding. First time offenders are sent a warning message on the meter and given 60 seconds to slow down. More info