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Abu Dhabi taxi drivers 'forced into long shifts' to reach targets

Drivers operating in the UAE capital claim they don’t receive tips most days; often forced to work seven days a week

Abu Dhabi taxi drivers 'forced into long shifts' to reach targets

Abu Dhabi taxi drivers are forced to drive for long hours in order to make sure they meet revenue targets, according to a report.

Following complaints from numerous drivers last month, TransAD, the taxi regulator in the emirate, said drivers who worked long hours were not forced to do so, and were entitled to a day off.

The drivers said they worked seven days a week and sometimes for 15 or 16 hours a day.

One Filipino driver told The National newspaper that they have to work the long hours in order to meet targets.

“Of course, who doesn’t want to work for eight hours a day?” the 42-year-old driver, who works 14 to 15 hours a day, told the newspaper. “But we’ll not be able to meet our target and send enough for our families back home.”

Drivers for Tawasul, one of the companies operating in Abu Dhabi, receive a basic salary of AED1,000 plus a commission. If the driver reaches a daily target of AED500 ($136) for the month, he/she is guaranteed 20 percent. One driver who reached target was paid AED3,700 ($1,000) last month. The targets and commission vary from company to company.

Meanwhile, taxi drivers in Abu Dhabi have said they do not rely on tips to supplement their wages. One driver told The National newspaper that the tips do not amount to too much on a daily basis.

“Occasionally, we get about AED10 to AED15 a day. But, on most days, we don’t receive any tips,” one driver told the newspaper.

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kassim 5 years ago

That is why they dont show signals when turning and park anywhere they like.
Perhaps they have to learn to run to show the signals when turning and not to park on the corners.
So pay them well.
Another worried driver.