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Commuters on the streets can now hail taxis by SMS

Commuters on the streets can now hail taxis by SMS

By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter
Published: April 20, 2008, 00:34

Dubai: Passengers in Dubai no longer have to go through the daunting task of hailing a taxi on the road as they can now call one by just sending an SMS from their mobile phones, said a senior official.

The service has been designed for passengers who want to order taxis while waiting by the road, said Abdul Aziz Malek, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dubai Taxi Agency at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

He said the taxi agency is installing small boards with location code numbers and a taxi sign on them by the side of the road. A passenger can send an SMS to 4774, mentioning the area code on the taxi board.

The customer will have to wait in the same location until the taxi arrives. Once the commuter sends the SMS, it will reach the booking terminal of Dubai Taxi Agency and the booking supervisor will send the nearest taxi to the customer.

The booking terminal will also send the taxi reservation number to the customer, which he needs to show to the taxi driver before boarding.

The starting fare for taxis booked via SMS will be Dh6 during the day (from 6am to 10pm) and Dh7 at night (from 10pm to 6am).

In addition to the new service, Dubai Taxi Agency will continue to offer reservations via telephone and the internet.

“The new service has been launched after complaints from commuters about hailing a cab while waiting by the roadside,” said Malek.

Currently, Dubai has around 6,500, taxis including 3,200 run by Dubai Taxi Agency.

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For whom the bell tolls- Salik is here!

Well, the wait is over…I heard that the road tolls start from June 15th…but will this stop road trolls on the Dubai roads? The Gulf News reports today….

First toll gate installed near Garhoud

By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter

Dubai: The toll gate that will charge motorists when they cross Garhoud Bridge going towards Sharjah has been installed by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority.

The RTA is currently installing a second toll gate at the bridge for those travelling in the opposite direction.

And toll gates are also being introduced close to Interchange Four of Shaikh Zayed Road near Mall of the Emirates, ready for the system to go live on July 1.

Once the system, which is called Salik, is activated, motorists will have to pay Dh4 each time they pass through a toll gate.

Tags to go on sale

The toll gates will be tested before July 1 to ensure that they work properly, Maitha Obaid Bin Udai, chief executive of the Traffic and Roads Agency at Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, said yesterday.


Road closed till October next year

USEful info for regular users of Al Ittihad road from today’s Gulf News:

Published: 04/06/2007 12:00 AM (UAE)

Road closed till October next year

By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Motorists have predicted they will face extra headaches from the end of this month when further diversions are introduced on Al Ittihad road, which links Sharjah and Dubai.

Two weeks ago the stretch of the road between Al Mulla Plaza and the Al Qiyadah Interchange was closed off in the Dubai to Sharjah direction.

Afterwards, many drivers were stuck in congestion for several hours and some were left unsure as to which roads to take.

One big crawl

A similar situation is likely to affect those going from Sharjah to Dubai from the end of this month when diversions in that direction are introduced.

Motorists say the changes – which will allow for the expansion of the road – will further increase delays, especially at peak times. “For those who come from Sharjah to Dubai in the morning, it will be one big crawl. It will mean more delays,” said an Indian who resides in Sharjah and commutes to Dubai along Al Ittihad Road.

“It is always bad between about 6 and 11 in the morning and it will be worse because of this.”

However, he added that at least schools would be closed by the time the diversion was introduced, so the full effect on people who have to drop off their children would not be felt for a few months. “It is a blessing that the work is starting when the schools will be closed,” he said.

Another Sharjah-to-Dubai commuter said: “I always avoid peak times on Al Ittihad road – it’s very bad then. It will mean more delays and more time on the road.” The details of the Sharjah to Dubai diversions were revealed by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority yesterday.

The diversions are scheduled to remain in place until work to expand the road as part of the Expressway project is completed, scheduled to be in October 2008. The size of the road is being increased to cope with heavy growth in the amount of traffic.

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