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According to media reports, passengers will pay a minimum amount of AED10 for a taxi ride in Dubai. If true, what do you think about the new rule?
The results are in.
April 13, 2009 8:48 by Dana El Baltaji
Last week, reports that taxis will charge a minimum fare of AED10 before the end of April 2009 has sparked concern among a majority of Kipp’s readers.
According to Kipp’s poll, 61 percent of respondents feel the minimum charge is unfair to consumers. Given that Dubai’s buses are often overcrowded, and the metro will not be complete till September 2009, residents who do not drive often have no choice but to take taxis.
Meanwhile, 21 percent of respondents believe the hike in prices will force some consumers to use other modes of transport for short distances.
However, not all residents are against the hike. According to Kipp’s poll, 12 percent of respondents feel that taxis drivers deserve the extra money. Those who have taken the time to chat with taxi drivers will know the hardships they face, and may be happy to pay the extra dirhams.
And finally, 6 percent of respondents don’t use taxis, and don’t care one way or the other about the hike.