Cabinet approves draft law prohibiting sharing of Karwa taxi

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Qatar’s Cabinet has approved a draft law which prohibits Karwa Taxis from picking up multiple passengers traveling on same route.

The practice, commonly known as “sharing taxi” is popular in Qatar whereby the passengers agree to pay a fixed amount to the driver.

The taxi driver benefits in this arrangement as he can charge more than the meter rate. However this used to create inconvenience for some passengers as they are sharing ride with strangers.

As per the new law, this practice has been legally prohibited and violators would be penalised.

The Cabinet which met yesterday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani approved a proposal by the Minister of Interior regarding Karwa taxi, The Peninsula reported.

The law stipulates that the taxi is required to charge no more than the value recorded by the meter, even if the occupants are more than one passenger in a single group.

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The driver is also prohibited from allowing another person to ride with the passenger, even if the destination is the same.

The draft law stipulates that the provisions of this law shall apply to taxis operated by Mowasalat within Qatar in accordance with the concession granted to it.

Published on 5 April 2018

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