x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Taxi-sharing ban makes no sense

Readers say Dubai's ban on taxis taking passengers to multiple destinations has safety and environmental implications. Other subjects: road rage and remembering Sheikh Zayed.

Readers say the law banning taxi sharing has safety and environmental implications. Pawan Singh / The National
Readers say the law banning taxi sharing has safety and environmental implications. Pawan Singh / The National

Sheikh Zayed and his inspiring vision shaped the UAE

I refer to the Remembering Zayed articles in your newspaper over the past few days, in memory of our founding father.

Sheikh Zayed was a wonderful leader who will stay in our hearts forever.

B Logun, Dubai

As your picture of Sheikh Zayed with a young child shows, he was the king of hearts, not just the President of the UAE. Waqas Amir, Dubai


The late Sheikh Zayed's vision and leadership turned a desert in to a glorious country.

He was the main architect and those who followed him have continued his legacy.

K Ragavan, India


Indian tourists can help the economy

In reference to Indian market drives increase in guests at Abu Dhabi hotels (July 28), I hope facilities such as visa-on-arrival are accorded to Indian tourists.

This will help boost the UAE economy.

Name withheld by request

Taxi-sharing ban makes no sense

I refer to your story about new regulations in Dubai that will punish drivers with fines and potential loss of employment if they make multiple stops on a single journey (Multi drop-off ban for taxi drivers, July 29).

This is absolutely ridiculous. Does it mean that friends can't share a cab back home if they live close to each other?

What if a womanl feels unsafe taking a cab back home alone in the middle of the night?

Can't her friends drop her off first before going to their homes?

Meis Al Kaisi, Dubai


Is increasing RTA revenue more important than saving the environment by having fewer journeys?

L Walley, Dubai


This decision seems to take no regard to the concept of safety in numbers for women wanting to travel together but not living in the same house.

It also shows no regard for the environment, because it puts more cars on the road unnecessarily and creates greater total carbon emissions.

There is a lot of talk about reducing traffic congestion, but at the same time there must be more taxis on the road because of the one-drop limit.

With rules like this it's no wonder people prefer to drive rather than use public transport.

N Copping, Dubai


This is not a great example to the world from a city that has so much going for it. In fact, it's a step backwards.

If four people are going to the same location - Dubai Marina, for example - but live in separate buildings, according to this law they should take four separate taxis.

The fact is that they may have to wait a considerable period of time for four taxis, and this will dampen their experience of the city.

In fact, in peak time it's almost impossible to find one taxi let alone four.

Environmentally, this is creating four times the carbon footprint it should. Tariq Hussain, Dubai


Forgiveness sets a good example

I refer to Road-rage video charges dropped (July 29).

I hope the forgiveness offered by the Indian victim reflects positively on the image of Indians in the UAE.

Ahmed, Abu Dhabi

Modest dress is a must at mosques

I am writing in reference to Jumeirah mosque in Dubai enforces dress code for worshippers (July 28).

When it's a mosque or another place of worship, there should be a modest dress code.

As long as people are dressed modestly, I don't think they should be barred from visiting a mosque.

N Khan, UK