Cab Drivers

Furthering Crawler’s entry about his son’s accident, I would like to comment on the Dubai/Sharjah cab drivers as well.

I believe everyone of us, at one point or another have travelled in a cab and a lot of us would also have had a conversation with the driver.

I have had the chance of having a good conversation with quite a few cab drivers from various nationalities and one thing that all of them complain about their job is the traffic situations.

Most cabbies agree that if the traffic situation was better, their targets would seem justifiable.

A cabby told me that one cab is shared by 2 drivers in a day/night shift, but some drivers do double shifts to meet their targets. Anyone commuting from Sharjah/Dubai to either emirate would be very well aware of the effects it has on your health!

Having said that , there is however, one point worth noting here (A personal experience):

While I was taking my driving test, there was also a “National Taxi” driver taking the test in his uniform.

The way this guy drove, I was pretty sure that he would keep failing the rest of his life.

The guy didnt remember to put on his seat belt till around 5 min on the road, he never gave any signal while turning, took a dangerous U-turn, and changed lanes on a roundabout!!

Yet, he passed!!!! Upon probing further (from other cab drivers), I found out that the cabbies are giving too much of leverage while giving licenses and the general public is advised to watch out for cabs as they are allowed to stop anywhere. Also, these company’s apparently have a setup with the government which would give them very lenient testings for their drivers.

2 Comments so far

  1. Dubai Crawler (unregistered) on April 8th, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

    No wonder, why they drive so ridiculously on the roads. Well, I have seen worst cabbies in New York. So far the best cab drivers I have found were in London.

    But, your point is valid, I guess if passing standards and procedures should be made strict for cab drivers and they should have recurring test / appraisals after every six months, so that they remain on their toes while driving.

  2. Khurram Siddiqui (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 12:48 am

    The authorities are lenient with potential cab drivers because they would like to increase the supply of cab drivers. More cab drivers mean more competition between the drivers (for jobs), meaning lower wages for them, meaning low costs for the cab companies. It’s all about business interest! For the businessman it’s no problem if a few people get hurt.

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