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RTA launches education program for cabdrivers

The program will help educate taxi drivers in the city on traffic rules and regulations, and on communicating with customers.

February 28, 2010 4:23 by

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has teamed up with the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) to run an “educative program” for taxi drivers in Dubai to reduce traffic offences, and improve their quality of service, the body announced on Sunday. Cab drivers will be given daily lectures and booklets detailing penalties, offences and other procedures applicable by the DTC and the Dubai Police.

The program will educate drivers on “traffic safety principles, safeguarding the safety of road users, passenger smuggling and adhering to the official dress. It also includes up-keeping the vehicle, managing a taxicab, customer service, communicating with customers, and etiquettes and conducts to be observed in all cases and conditions. The program also elaborates on traffic offences such as reckless driving, avoiding jumping the red light signal, and obstructing traffic flow (parking amid public bus stops, parking behind vehicles),” Mansour al-Falasi, acting director of Franchise and Enforcement Department at RTA said in a statement.

He also said that they are planning to run the program throughout the year on a shift basis.

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  1. What The?... on March 1, 2010 6:38 am

    I would have thought that anyone who becomes a taxi driver (ie driving for a profession) would have to be extremely familiar with the principles of road safety. Are we to assume by this story that Dubai taxi drivers dont need to know the rules of the road to get a job?

  2. Craig on March 1, 2010 9:23 am

    er….yeh….your assumption is correct; have you never been in a taxi, seen how they drive and seen how many accients there are involving taxi’s? – what rock have you been hiding under ;) A simple conversation with a new taxi driver a few months ago revealed that they don’t even get trained on locations and basically just get hired and sat in a cab and told to fend for themselves. Many haven’t driven in this kind of environment before which shows, especially when they stop to drop and pick up passengers in the most dangerouns and ridiculous places. However the passengers are as much to blame for this as they wait on the sides of busy roads and demend to be dropped off on the side of busy highways etc….


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