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Taxi drivers wear masks and gloves, and follow strict guidelines while opening and closing doors to minimise contact
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.
The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), has recently honoured 30 distinguished drivers under its “Traffic Safety Awards 2012” presented by Buhaira National Insurance Company for the third year in a row with the aim of heightening the awareness of cabbies about the safe driving on the one hand, and raising the operational efficiency of the DTC on the other.
Commuters in Dubai will soon benefit from a raft of new taxis after the emirate’s transport regulator agreed to purchase 1,100 new 2013 Toyota vehicles. The deal between Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) and dealership Al Futtaim Motors will see 930 Camry, 20 Hybrid Camry and 150 Innova cars enter Dubai’s taxi fleet.
There are either less taxis or more people needing one, Dubai residents believe. There never seemed to be too few. Where the metro falls short, the bus does not reach or the motorist does not want to go; the Dubai resident can always rely on the taxi, which is available any time, any place.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has seen an increase in the number of passengers using public transport in Dubai during the first half of 2012, with 207.48 million taking the emirate’s mass transport system. This compares with 180.54 million passengers using the Metro, public buses, water transport and taxis during the first half of 2011.
The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) at the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has recently set up a Social Solidarity Fund for cabdrivers of the fleet; which comprises 3,504 vehicles operated round-the-clock to serve citizens, residents and tourists arriving in Dubai from all corners of the globe.
Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced two new bus routes --Route 83 and Route 85 -- that will connect Tecom free zones Dubai Internet City (DIC), Dubai Media City (DMC) and Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV) to Karama and Discovery Gardens respectively. The buses operating on the new routes can cut down the commuting time for office-goers within the free zones by almost 50 per cent. The timings of the two bus routes take into account the peak hours.
In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered the payment of a bonus amounting to Dh26.388 million to Emiratis whose cab number plates are operated by the Dubai Taxi Corporation and Taxi Franchise Companies at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA); the total number of which is 6,597.
Today is the day you can do your bit for the environment and join Dubai Municipality in its ‘Car Free Day' initiative. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, will start the initiative by boarding the Dubai Metro this morning from the Etisalat Metro Station.
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