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A taxi driver in Dubai told us that the new range of cabs in the city were prone to severe damage if they drove on water logged roads.
December 14, 2009 2:37 by kippreport
The UAE saw its heaviest rainfall in the season on Sunday, resulting in road accidents that killed at least six people, according to reports. The roads were water logged, cars were stuck in traffic jams, and people struggled to walk on the streets without getting splashed.
Considering that the country’s streets do not have provisions for rain water draining, flooding is a common feature every year during the rainy season. That being a known fact, it came as a surprise when the our cab driver yesterday told us that the new range of taxis in Dubai will suffer heavy damages if exposed to water logged roads. And if his taxi developed problems, he would have to pay huge fines, he said.
The cars from the 2006 batch were slightly higher, and hence were not prone to much damage, he said, but drivers of cars from the 2008 batch had to be really careful.
So we naturally asked him why the new cars were made lower.
It’s probably because of the style here, he said, smiling. People prefer sports cars and hence the taxis were also developed in a similar manner.