Unlicensed taxis pose a threat to road safety across the country. They are unregulated, generally unsafe and drivers aren’t properly insured. Some don’t even have working seat belts.
Despite heavy fines and warnings of possible arrests by the authorities, the spectre of unlicensed taxis remains constant. This problem is especially worrying at Abu Dhabi airport. As The National reported yesterday, Abu Dhabi police arrested 50 drivers operating illegal taxis from the airport in August.
Arriving in a new place after a long flight, the first thing travellers want to think about is whether the taxi they are hailing is safe and regulated. We have all had those experiences in a new country, where you arrive and something feels odd about the taxis on offer at the airport. Perhaps the drivers seem distant or the price feels a little too soft. That initial feeling of uncertainty can leave a lasting impression across an entire holiday. More info
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Photo: Unlicensed taxis at the Abu Dhabi airport are bad for the image of the city. Lee Hoagland / The National