January 2, 2007 1:04:49 am
Pink-Coloured, women-only taxis began plying on the roads of the city today to ferry women to and from various parts of the emirate. The launch of the new service was aimed at providing a safe and comfortable means of transport to women to ensure their free movement, Mohammed Obeid Al Mulla, Executive Manager for Public Transport of the Roads and Transport Authority, said here yesterday.
“The move is an embodiment of RTA’s strategy to offer its service to all sectors of the community and secure a modern mass transport system enjoying the highest levels of safety and convenience,” he said.
It is also part of a plan to develop an integrated transport network, contributing to bolstering Dubai’s mark on the world map, he said, adding that in the first phase, 50 taxis, with pink roofs, pink seats and interiors, and other features to give the vehicles a feminine look, would be deployed at places frequently visited by women.
He said that 100 female drivers had undergone extensive training to learn skills of driving, etiquette, customer service, handling emergency cases, locations of key government entities and tourist and leisure destinations.
“The taxi can also ferry female passengers to other emirates,” he added. The round-the-clock service will also be available on calls to the taxi booking and distribution centre.
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