Dubai launches new campaign to combat illegal taxis

By Staff Writer 4th,Jan 2015

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The Public Transport Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Sunday it has launched a campaign to combat illegal taxis in Dubai.

The Saher campaign to combat the illegal transportation of passengers in the emirate has been launched in collaboration with the General HQ of the Dubai Police, news agency WAM reported.

The move is part of endeavours to eradicate this outlawed activity, it said.

Abdullah Al Mahra, director of franchising and enforcement, RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said: “The illegal picking up of passengers is practiced in certain spots which are well known to those who practice this activity.

 “Randomly it takes place on a street side, but the pickup points keep changing to avoid being raided. In fact it is difficult to quantify the exact magnitude of this phenomenon as it involves several types of vehicles such as private vehicles, rented cars, commercial transport vehicles and private company vehicles.”

Al Mahra said the illegal practice has negative financial repercussions on Dubai’s transport sector and distorts the profile of the RTA which seeks to deliver best-in-class services.

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