Cross-border taxi service proposed from Bahrain to Saudi

Current restrictions prevent licensed taxis to travel across the King Fahd Causeway
Cross-border taxi service proposed from Bahrain to Saudi
King Fahd Causeway bridge whcih links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
By Staff writer
Tue 04 Oct 2016 01:01 PM

A cross-border taxi service that allows passengers to travel between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia has been proposed by Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) board member Abdulhakim Al Shemmari.

Currently, restrictions prevent licensed taxis to travel across King Fahad Causeway, leading many passengers to pay unlicensed cabs for the journey or endure being stranded on the 25km transport link, reported Gulf Daily News.

“Many taxis go all the way to the Bahrain border and drop off passengers, including families, regardless of whether it is early morning or midnight. Then we have a situation of passengers begging other commuters for a ride, or struggling to find a private cab to get to their homes,” said Al Shemmari, adding that current restrictions and rules are outdated.

“Taxi drivers, if they want to take customers across the border, must have a second car hired to meet their passengers – who are either coming from the airport or shopping malls. I believe this decision was taken at a time when the causeway system was in the process of being established,” he explained.

Al Shemmari said the causeway has established itself as an independent system and should allow legal licensed taxi drivers on both sides to drive passengers across.

He said the latter would be more secure than depending on unofficial and illegal taxis.

The official said the taxi ban presented a setback in closer ties between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

“This is important, especially when we are calling for a GCC union. Union means there should be integration between security rules and commercial rules to strengthen ties and create new business opportunities,” he said.

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