Dubai taxi drivers to be tested on knowledge and English
We’ve all been there. You get in a cab and realise halfway through your journey that the driver has no idea where he’s going, or simply didn’t understand you in the first place. But thanks to a new testing system, that’s about to change.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed that new taxi drivers will have to undertake a series of language, psychometric and problem-solving tests, among others.
Dr. Yousef Mohammed Al Ali, CEO of Public Transport Agency at the RTA, said: “The RTA is seeking to bring happiness to all customers, especially users of taxis; a vital sector with implications on the tourist profile of the emirate. Dubai is increasingly shaping into a global tourist attraction and a premier hub for a variety of business events, activities, conferences and exhibitions attracting business leaders and participants from all corners of the world,” he explained.
“We have conducted elaborate studies in collaboration with Mary Gober International Ltd on procedures of attracting and employing taxi drivers in Dubai, and deploying them in all franchise companies operating in the emirate (including RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation). The ultimate objective of the move is to standardise and overhaul procedures and conditions for recruiting cabdrivers at franchise companies,” said Al Ali.
So put away your sat navs, people! We might be able to arrive at our destination without hassle in the near future.