Be careful of the racist taxi drivers
So I was hanging with my buddy as he was trying to catch a taxi. He being a brown person, expectedly around 10 empty taxis passed by without slowing down because, as everyone knows, most of these racist drivers only stop for white people and tourists, in anticipation of a big tip. I became pissed off after 45 minutes, and lightly slapped on a speeding Toyota Camry taxi with my hand. The taxi hit the brakes, turned around, and a big beefy Pathan driver got ready to fight with me.
The guy rolled down his window and started shouting vulgarities at me in his native language. Then he turned around again, parked his death trap on the side of the road and came out. He shouted more obscenities as he came towards me and demanded to know why I touched his taxi. I on the other hand shouted back about why he didn’t stop, and got ready for a street fight.
Obviously, the guy would’ve pounded me into the pavement, considering he was twice my size. But I was ready to take a few blows and get him deported at the end. Finally, he only came within a couple of metres of me, mumbled some nonsense about having to go to some mall, and drove away with another brown passenger from the same spot. I gave a thumbs-up to his new passenger, because I made the driver pick up a brown guy at least.
As he drove away, I put RTA’s complaint number on my speed dial later on, but I am really pissed that I did not notice the taxi’s number or company at the time. It might have been an orange-topped one. But there’s no point pursuing the anonymous jerk any further.
Taxi drivers were great just three years ago, even going cross-country if you asked them to. Then they changed for the worse. In the papers, people have written letter after letter of taxis refusing to pick up anyone except mostly white people, refusing to go anywhere with traffic even for white folks, refusing to pick up passengers at certain times, refusing to pick up women, children or sick people, and even getting violent during arguments.
I suggest everyone remember the phone number 04 208 0888 to complain to the RTA about instances like this. I guess we all are supposed to keep a notepad to write down the numbers of the hundreds of taxis that pass us by without stopping.
Why feel sorry for people like these? Long working hours and low pay? My relatives and I had to endure the same bull to rise up here. We didn’t treat other people (let alone our own ethnicity) like this ever. I urge everyone to make it a point to complain about such incidents. I for one bought 3 cars just to avoid dealing with these low-lifes, in case one goes in for garage work.
Update: In case of any complaints against drivers or suggestions, passengers can call Dubai Taxi on 04-2080888 or via RTA’s website www.rta.ae
More info dating back from April 2007, about complaints against taxi drivers can be found in