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Rain-phobic taxis

Rain-phobic taxis

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

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.


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  1. george on December 15, 2009 6:46 am

    you’ve put together a story just because a taxi driver gave u a comment. do you think it is a trusted source? did you make an effort to back up your angle!?

  2. calvin on December 15, 2009 3:43 pm

    george is right, but i think thats why we read kipp. it doesnt take itself very seriously so more often then not u guys nail something that everyone is thinking but not saying

  3. Crystal Spies on January 28, 2012 11:39 pm

    Thanks so much for the article.Much thanks again. Much obliged.


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