Auto Rickshaws in Dubai, Are you ready for it?

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Auto Rickshaws in Dubai, Are you ready for it?

Postby Fire-Starter on 29 Sep 2010 15:15

people might hate it or like. If i think about dubai's standards then it does not go with its image but could be benefitial at the same time becuase of increasing population and lack of public transport. Ummmm you must be thinking very diplomatic answer. Well i think it can be very handy but in my opinion it should be run in specific areas which are highly populated and its hard to travel by cars e.g Deira & Bur Dubai.

Dubai - Jun 22: The reaction of Dubai’s residents to the proposed plan to introduce auto-rickshaws to the city is crucial to the project’s success. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has authorised a market research agency to study the possibility of launching a tuk-tuk service in some of the city’s areas and streets.

And the agency said it has interviewed “random possible users” of such a service in some areas of Dubai with narrow streets as well as those located near Metro stations.

“The response for the first phase has been amazing. We are still assessing the results,” said an official.

In the second phase, hundreds of internet messages will be sent to find out whether the tuk-tuk can be a favoured means of transport for Dubai residents, added the official.

Commuters in Dubai have expressed mixed opinions about the proposed introduction of tuk-tuks to the UAE.

While some believed the three-wheel vehicles would improve the availability of transport, others wondered if it can help solve the city’s congestion issues.

“They will only add to the number of vehicles on the road. The congestion is only going to increase,” said Patricia Tellis, 31, who works in a public relations firm in Dubai. “Otherwise they should not allow cars into these areas and only operate rickshaws like they do in London,” she added.

Some of them, however, welcomed the proposed vehicles’ energy efficiency.

“If they can operate only with natural gas and electricity then it is great news. More and more people should be advised to stop using their cars, thereby reducing pollution levels,” said Suma Kiran, 32, an accounts executive.

And though some residents raised health concerns about the vehicles, Lalit Mohan Uchil, specialist physician and medical director at Welcare Ambulatory Care Centre at Knowledge Village, dismissed fears that travelling on Tuktuks could cause muscle cramps or back pain.

“The roads here are fairly OK and there should be no problem at all. It is only when there are badly maintained roads with too many potholes that passengers will be affected. Here in the UAE travelling on a tuk-tuk will be no different from sitting inside a small car,” said Uchil.
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