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Taxi drivers and residents new to the emirate are struggling to find their way around with the new street address system. Despite the training TransAD has given taxi drivers, many are confused when faced with two different names for the same street.
Apart from shopping mall employees, taxi drivers might have been the busiest this Eid Al Adha as residents opted to avoid driving through traffic, making for long wait times for passengers in need of rides. Taxi drivers who were working over the Eid weekend said they had noticed a substantial increase in passengers over the past few days. Sharjah taxi driver and Pakistani national Tariq Mahmood said that he began his shift at 6am last Friday.
Taxi drivers in the emirate are illegally earning commissions and free massages for taking customers to health and spa clubs. A spokesman for the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the practice could taint Dubai's image, and the authority would urge taxi companies to discourage it.
The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has re-launched 'Your Safety' campaign for the second stratight year in cooperation with Al Dobowi Tyre Company to educate taxi drivers on how to inspect and check tyres before starting to drive.