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Abu Dhabi to introduce 'ladies only' taxis

posted on 28/01/2010: 1437 views



Women in Abu Dhabi need no longer be concerned about taxi drivers trying to strike up unwanted conversations during a trip. Woman-driven taxis will soon be just a phone call away.

Exclusive taxis for women — ladies' taxis, as they will be known — are expected to hit the streets of Abu Dhabi by the end of March. The service could be booked by telephone, said a senior official on Wednesday.

In the first phase, about 70 taxis will be introduced for women and children younger than 10. The numbers will increase with demand, Abdullah Sultan Al Sabbagh, General Manager of TransAD, the taxi regulatory authority in the emirate, told a press conference.

The fare for the ladies' taxis will be the same. "The existing seven franchises will contribute 10 taxis each to this fleet," he added.

The taxis will be linked to TransAD's communication centre which will monitor them to ensure the safety and security of women passengers, Al Sabbagh said.

He made it clear that men will not be allowed to use the ladies' taxis.

Explaining the difference between existing women-driven taxis and ladies' taxis, the official said: "At present 50 women taxi drivers are working in the emirate, but men with their families are allowed to travel in those taxis.

"But in ladies' taxis, men will not be allowed to travel with their families," he explained.

TransAD has made a distinguished design for ladies' taxis which will be displayed later, the official said. Women drivers must wear a uniform. As reported by Gulf News earlier, women passengers in Abu Dhabi had been complaining about taxi drivers, especially those from Gold and White taxis, who try to strike up a conversation during the trip.

Women taxi drivers are safe drivers , compared to their male counterparts , an official of a taxi company said.

"We have employed 45 women taxi drivers who have never caused any accidents during the past two years", said Saeed Tony Elhage of Tawasul Taxis at the press conference convened by the TransAD. – Gulf News

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