Sunday, May 08, 2005

Low wage group feels the pinch of metered taxis - Khaleej Times

The lower income strata has been forced to rework their budget for commuting and travel following the gradual phasing out of private taxis by the Sharjah Transport Corporation (STC) and replacing them with metered ones.

Though several people welcomed the move stating that the new taxis were cleaner and the drivers uniformed and better behaved, others say travelling between the emirates has become very expensive. Still others believe that the phasing out of private share-a-taxi would only encourage car owners to offer lift for a price which is a banned practice in both Dubai and Sharjah.
STC is government owned.

Changes one place produce unintended consequences elsewhere. Government planners forget that substitution has its possibilities.

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