Taxi operators complain about ‘limousines’

Taxi operators complain about ‘limousines’

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By QatarNews

The growing trend of converting vehicles running parallel taxi operations into “limousines” of licensed companies has evoked sharp and worried reactions from cabbies.

The taxi drivers accuse the “limousine” operators of eating into their market share and affecting the revenues of their franchisees. The “limousines” have hit the roads of Qatar in large numbers of late.

Commuters, on the other hand, feel the “high-handed” cabbies are largely responsible for their predicament. They argue that the “limousine” services - though sometimes too expensive - are able to flourish in the market because people see them as reliable alternatives to the normal taxis, whose drivers often refuse to go by the meter or travel short distances.

An official of one of the taxi franchisees said the rise in the number of so-called “limousines” has hit their operations hard. Incidents of arguments between Karwa-authorised cabbies and “limousine” operators are reported from many city locations every day, he pointed out.

He claimed that the “limousine” drivers were no more than parallel taxi operators who misused their limousine licences to paralyse the country’s legitimate taxi operations.

It has come to light that many of these “limousine” drivers look for passengers at busy hypermarkets, key locations across Doha and even outside the newly opened Hamad International Airport, 
according to sources.

A Karwa franchisee representative recalled that when he raised the issue of “limousines encroaching upon their territory” with officials of a hypermarket, the latter ignored the matter. As each day passes, the “limousines are cornering every inch of the space earmarked for taxis”, he complained.

It is also understood that many of the new “limousine” operators are misusing the licence by paying between QR500 and QR750 as monthly fees to licensed companies to ensure that their operations are not hit under any circumstances.

The rush to shift to licensed “limousine” services started after the Ministry of Interior intensified its operations to seize vehicles running parallel operations, it is believed.

Sources also point out that many of these operators are using vehicles that are five years old or more to run “limousine” services, while there is a government rule that makes it mandatory for taxi companies to withdraw cars on the completion of three years on roads.

Complaints of overcharging have also come in from a section of residents. Some of these “limousine” operators demand QR80-100 for trips to locations such as Umm Ghuwailina and Mansoura from the new airport, it is learnt.

While calling upon the Ministry of Transport to intervene to protect the interests of taxi operators, officials of the operating franchisees said it was high time the authorities stopped issuing licences to such “limousine” services.

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By shahzad_14• 7 years 6 days ago.
shahzad_14

tit for tat,, What Taxi drivers do to passengers ???? They deserve that......

By shahzad_14• 7 years 6 days ago.
shahzad_14

tit for tat,, What Taxi drivers do to passengers ???? They deserve that......

By onlykamil• 7 years 6 days ago.
Rating: 4/5
onlykamil

Both passengers and drivers have issues. Drivers should make money (question of survival), hence should be selective. On the other hand passengers should be served (means of survival). Intelligent solution like taxitune.com, where passengers see taxis close to them and drivers see passengers on street for free is one way to mediate the gap.

By 888mjk• 7 years 6 days ago.
888mjk

All karwa taxi drivers shut up and do your job as you are suppose to. You guys don't deserve to complain. I hope more limos and private cabs flood streets of qatar.

By Good old joe• 7 years 1 week ago.
Good old joe

hahahahahaha....!!!!. What a joke Now its the very taxi drivers who make life miserable for the passengers who keep them paid by hiring their taxi services doing the complaining. Looks like now they are finally getting a taste of their own medicine

By Anonymous• 7 years 1 week ago.
Rating: 2/5

I agree khalli. Karwa's strict policies, especially on daily rental rates, force many of the drivers to revert to underhanded tactics just to cover costs. I am one of those people who will never take a Karwa taxi again simply because I do not trust the drivers due to a couple of bad experiences. Give me Fox limousine service any day.

Bring on the (legal) limos.

By gimkygimky• 7 years 1 week ago.
gimkygimky

May be this a "PAID NEWS" from Gulf Times , can any Gulf -times personnel tell how much they owe for reporting this news and not reporting the real story affecting the common peoples

By samsungs3• 7 years 1 week ago.
samsungs3

Karwa taxi drivers dnt know how to treat passenger...... only some good drivers.. rest is shit.. Limousinesmuch better than Karwa Shit

By siju 4 u• 7 years 1 week ago.
siju 4 u

karwa taxi drivers dnt knw hw to drive.... !!

By sTrangR• 7 years 1 week ago.
Rating: 4/5
sTrangR

Fedup with taxies , they never takes you where you wanted to go instead , they always takes where they like to drop you . Ban All taxi operators and give more opportunities for limousine companies

By ravi-invincible• 7 years 1 week ago.
ravi-invincible

Karwa drivers select their destination & not the clients. So why are they complaining? They also drive like crazy with out thinking of the safety of the client. Once a group of Karwa drivers"Nigerians" im not sure coz they looked like that, blocked my car and didnt take any notice even though i was honking & asking for space to go. If this if the attitude they chow towards someone, then the "LIMO" is showing Karwa the way underground. But, not all Karwa drivers are like that. some are very good.

By fubar• 7 years 1 week ago.
fubar

I think having to listen to taxi drivers complain has to be the joke of the year. After all their bad behavior they forced passengers to seek other ways to travel. Now they are complaining. They should have thought about their reputation when they were lying, cheating and stealing from their passengers.

By gimkygimky• 7 years 1 week ago.
gimkygimky

No one in Qatar want Karwa , Why authorities are not listening

By gimkygimky• 7 years 1 week ago.
gimkygimky

Qatar need to free from these Karwa peoples , its a public menace the old yellow style taxi are more people friendly and useful.

By Paj• 7 years 1 week ago.
Paj

Good riddance to this taxi company... they should clean their ranks of abusive drivers before complaining. i have ride taxi before but always charge me 15 QAR up even in short distance. That's why I was force to buy my own vehicle...

Now they have the gal to complain...

By Mhmd Ali• 7 years 1 week ago.
Mhmd Ali

Complain????OMG...they still have the guts to complain where in fact they are so choosy in taking the passengers esp. if it is for short trip and mostly without running the meters....

By xpressodoc• 7 years 1 week ago.
Rating: 5/5
xpressodoc

I have been using the Uber service quite a bit and have found it to be a viable alternative to public transport. It provides the additional advantage of being safer as the car is tracked at all times and the passenger can share his location and ETA with anyone.

By Anonymous• 7 years 1 week ago.
Rating: 3/5

Public transport is not helping people at all. They should explain how you will stand in a 55 degree temperature for more than an hour without getting a taxi. Limousine is helping the public they should be thankful to them.

By Lemuel_09• 7 years 1 week ago.
Rating: 2/5
Lemuel_09

What? They're complaining? Haha! its Funny When they are the ones who's not doing their jobs right, although i see only 1 company that is quite nice and their service is Good. Cluee.. It is color blue on top. They should fix their service first.

By macroman• 7 years 1 week ago.
Rating: 4/5
macroman

Taxi operators must make sure that their cab service is available in every streets of Qatar, as well as their cab drivers shows the mercy to stop when a passenger on street requests for a trip.

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