Dubai taxis risk Dh300 fines for street pick-ups

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By Faisal Masudi and Shafaat Shabandari, Staff Reporters  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Taxi drivers may face fines for stopping in the middle of the road to pick up passengers but Dubai cabbies and commuters complain it is not possible to use always designated stops.

     Image Credit: Xpress /File photo     4,897 offences were committed by dubai taxi drivers in the first six months of 2008
Image Credit: Xpress /File photo 4,897 offences were committed by dubai taxi drivers in the first six months of 2008

They said “Taxis Only” parking bays are few and far between.

Cabs stopping on the main road are a common sight but an official said the practice can invite fines — starting at Dh300 — for the driver.

Passengers regularly flag down cabs while standing on the edge of the road, with many taxis coming to a halt on the spot.

It sometimes causes traffic disruption and can be a safety risk as well, drivers admit.

“I don’t see this [on-road taxi parking] happening in Europe. We should have enough taxi stops in Dubai and both passengers and taxis should respect that,” said Indian expatriate Adnan Farhat. More info

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