Car Pooling Legalised in Dubai

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Dubai, Jul 23: In a move that could relieve the pain of commuters who are struggling due to a lack of a viable transport options, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has finally legalised car pooling in Dubai.

Drivers can now legally transport passengers  provided that they submit full details of their employer and the names of any passengers to the RTA. A web site,, has been launched specifically for this purpose.

This is the first initiative of its kind in the region and the RTA hopes to bring down traffic congestion and encourage people to use the car-sharing service which has long been banned to prevent illegal taxi services.

“The service is beneficial for the passengers as well as the drivers. Motorists can now transport passengers while passengers can easily find a driver providing the service through the site.

People can now freely move from one place to another without fearing they will be caught by RTA inspectors,” said Abdul Aziz Malik, CEO of Dubai Taxi Agency.Each car owner is allowed to carpool a maximum of four passengers at any one time.


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  • Jerry Moras, Kuppepadauv / Calgary, Canada

    Thu, Jul 24 2008

    If this is true, I think it is a very good move from Dubai Taxi Agency. But normally news of that in from Dubai is not reliable due change of mind next day of thier annoucement. Hence either media is wrong or decision maker has no clue of what he/she is saying...

    DTA (Dubai Taxi Agency ) has thousands of taxis and each taxi earns minimum 150 $ per day. Do you expect DTA to lose income ? Even RTA invested on transportation system (train) and hence,do you expect such decisions would be made. No way! Taxi drivers are first one to oppose. Wait for few days some more amendment would come out after few days...

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