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Women-only taxi drivers see their income up 50%

Female drivers earn more than male counterparts as popularity soars.

Women-only taxi drivers see their income up 50%
PINK POWER: Women-only taxis are growing in popularity across the Mideast region. (Getty Images)

Female-only taxi drivers in Al Ain have seen their income double since the service was introduced and are now earning on average more than their male counterparts.

According to a report in the National, female taxi drivers working for Q-Link Transportation make on average AED12,000 ($3,300) a month, compared to AED8,000 for male drivers.

Filipino driver Flordeliza Ramos, told the paper, she is “getting many personal calls from women so I don’t have to drive around all day looking for women customers.

“The ladies feel safe with me and I feel safe with them. It’s a good system.”

In January, taxi regulator TransAD ordered that each taxi company operating in the emirate had to have 10 female-only taxis by the end of this month. As yet no company has the full amount of cars operational, the paper reported.

Women-only taxis are swiftly growing in popularity. In January, a company called Eve Taxis set up in Kuwait, following in the footsteps of other successful firms in the UAE, Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Bangladesh.

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colin 10 years ago

What happened to the "Ladies only" taxi service on Dubai?

Cristina 10 years ago

Hope sharjah could have this female taxi drivers also :) as womans we will feel more secured.

Faisal 10 years ago

I think its a good idea to have a women only taxi, as it generates more employment for women in the country. But my only objection would be, "why does it have to be PINK". From safety point for view, it will better to make them look like any other taxi. This will avoid these taxi's getting attention from "Un-savoury Characters"

Meri 10 years ago

Cosmetic brands can run special advertisement programs in these cars. They should be fitted with some free cosmetic stock to allow the lady drivers to make some extra money

Ignorant 10 years ago

Is this 8000 and 12000 figures income of drivers or the total revenue earned? Even in Dubai drivers earn maximum 3000 AED a month (which is 20-25% of total revenue). How Al Ain can give similar revenue?

Prakash Tulsiani 10 years ago

If these figures of a female taxi drivers earning AED 12k/pm are true many envy male taxi drivers may soon opt for going in for genere change operations.. ha ha ... Cheers, Prakash

Meri 10 years ago

no need to go for expensive operations. just change dress code and some makeup will do...the only problem will be the smoking habits