Driv­ers say ‘buckle up’ cam­paign is work­ing

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Pas­sen­gers are grad­u­ally get­ting the mes­sage when it comes to buck­ling up, driv­ers of pri­vate hire taxis have said - a move that could save their lives.

7DAYS spoke to a num­ber of Ca­reem driv­ers af­ter the firm launched its own cam­paign urg­ing peo­ple to put on their seat­belts.

Since then, Ca­reem said more than 5,000 peo­ple have taken the ‘Buckle Up Pledge’.

The firm’s driv­ers were told they could refuse to take pas­sen­gers un­less they com­plied, and said they have seen an im­prove­ment since then.

Ca­reem driver, Asif Sabir, 36, from Pak­istan, said: “Before, I al­ways had to tell peo­ple to put on their belts before we started the jour­ney, but lately the ma­jor­ity of the pas­sen­gers buckle up them­selves.

“A lot of pas­sen­gers ac­tu­ally come on­board and tell me they have taken the ‘Buckle Up’ pledge and want to know if oth­ers have spo­ken about it too and if a lot of peo­ple have signed up.”

An­other driver, Za­hoor Ahmed, 48, said he re­fused to take a num­ber of pas­sen­gers this month.

He said: “When I told them that ‘I can’t take you if you don’t wear it’, they did not hes­i­tate to put the belt on. By Ma­hak Man­nan

“No one re­fused to buckle up, nor did they ar­gue. In fact they were re­spect­ful of the re­quest. “Ever since the launch, every pas­sen­ger I have had in my taxi wears a belt.”

At present, there is no law re­quir­ing pas­sen­gers in the back to wear a seat­belt, but cam­paign­ers have for years urged peo­ple to do it any­way, point­ing to the far higher chances of sur­viv­ing a crash.

Thomas Edel­mann, Founder of Road­Safe­tyUAE, said “The more or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­pa­nies focus on road safety aware­ness, and specif­i­cally seat­belt us­age, the bet­ter.”

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