Hindi mahirap makakuha at sumakay ng taxi dito sa Abu Dhabi, pero pagnakasakay ka naman para kang nasa hell. Not to mention that the driver is a “patan” (Pakistani who can’t speak English), the taxi itself is dusty, dirty and stinks! Di naman lahat pero halos. Matagal na po ako dito sa lugar na ito, nung unang panahon di naman ganito. Noon, a decade ago, mababait naman sila, pero ngayon napaka rude nila, di sinasanto kahit babae ka. Minsan tinatamad na sila mag u-turn at doon ka ibababa sa opposite street at kelangan mo pang tumawid para makarating sa pupuntahan which i hate a lot. Why? Kase di ako marunong tumawid. Laging nakataya ang buhay ko paglumalabas ako ng bahay, kaya if i go out, i need to have someone with me. It’s true. Lalo na sa Philippines, sa Manila. I cannot be able to go out of the airport without someone to pick me up and assist me to domestic airport. It’s true really. Lols. Kahit ganito na edad ko, takot ako magbiyahe mag-isa. Minsan my friends would ask me, “pano ka nakalabas ng Pinas at nakarating ka dito kung takot ka bumiyahe?” Hahaha! Well, the answer is, nung panahon na yun, kasama ko ang ama ng anak ko, his parents and his 5 cousins. O di ba? Ang dami namin kaya di ako natakot. Hihihi..
Meron naman taixs owned by a private company pero medyo may kamahalan at sa ngayon di pa enough ang vehicles para sa lahat, pero I really don’t mind paying extra kung ang sinasakyan mo ay limo, marunong mag Ingles, binababa ka sa entrance ng building, at lalo na mabango. Matagal ko na talagang pangarap ito na ma phase out itong mga hunghang na mga patan drivers at sarap ibitin na patiwarik at balatan, gawing lechon at ipakain sa mga camel sa disyerto. And this time my prayer again was answered. Yung taxi, at sana yung drivers rin pero wag na lang, masyadong bad.
I got the news the other day and sa mga taga UAE, hiya! Ang saya! 😀
Campaign to make residents aware of new taxis
By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
Last updated: October 31, 2007, 23:24
Abu Dhabi: A campaign is being launched to make residents aware of the new Abu Dhabi taxis.
The long-awaited new taxis will hit the roads on Sunday, November 4, the Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Car said yesterday.
A convoy of taxis will parade the city’s street on Saturday. The new taxis will also be displayed at shopping malls. “This weekend marks a new chapter in Abu Dhabi’s emergence as a fast-developing modern world city. Whereas London has its black taxis, and New York has its yellow ones, we believe that our new fleet will become an icon for our emirate,” said Khalid Saleh Al Rashedi, General Manager of The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars.
To ensure that all residents are aware of the new taxi a scheme is being implemented, including all information regarding the new fleet, the centre will launch an emirate-wide campaign. On the day of launch, Saturday, November 3, the design and colour scheme of the new fleet will be revealed for the first time and a convoy of the new taxis will make a two-hour trip around the city’s main streets, including the Corniche, at 5:30pm.
The first batch of taxis will be operational from Sunday.
Drivers undergo training:
Drivers have undergone certification and optional training programme so better behaviour is expected.
Starting fare for new taxis is Dh2.60 with each additional kilometer charged at 65 fills. (The starting fare for the current standard taxis is Dh2 and 50 fills for each additional kilometre). Not bad. Apart from registration numbers, new taxis will have additional identification numbers which will enable the public to complain against erring taxis.
Couple of hundred new taxis are launched in the first phase. About 7,140 new taxis operated by seven private companies will replace the existing taxis within thee years. The existing taxis will continue for the time being and will start phasing out next year.
Bye bye patans, time to go home! 😀