Hike in Dubai taxi fare won’t benefit cabbies


By Dhanusha Gokulan  khaleejtimes.com

Dubai: Taxi drivers will not benefit from the recent hike in flag-down rate of taxis operating in Dubai, which came into effect yesterday. Instead, the Dh2 hike in the flag-down rate during peak hours will be deducted from the driver’s commission.

1The flag-down rate for taxis has been increased to Dh5 from the earlier Dh3 for trips during peak hours from 7am to 10am, and from 4pm to 8pm.

Taxi corporations operating under the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), send out an SMS to drivers employed under them stating: “Dear Driver, in accordance with the increase of the taxi fare, we would like to inform you that there will be NO CHANGE in the Commission Slab. Instead, the Dh2 will be removed from the commission calculation.”

Taxi drivers Khaleej Times spoke to expressed disappointment at the decision. Many were hoping to get a slight hike in their commission after the decision was announced. Apart from having to pay hefty fines for being late and other such minor offences, the drivers work seven days a week on a 12-hour shift every day.

A taxi driver, Z.M, told KT on condition of anonymity: “The percentage of commission we earn is calculated on the earnings made per day. For example, if I make Dh410 a day, I earn 35 per cent of that as commission. The commission percentage reduces by 10-15 per cent as the number of passengers come down.” More info