MENA ride-sharing app to deny passengers who refuse to wear seatbelts

Published May 11th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
No seatbelt, no ride, according to Careem's new policy. (Shutterstock)
No seatbelt, no ride, according to Careem's new policy. (Shutterstock)

Paying customers are not always right – especially when it comes to road safety.

An app-based car service has now started to refuse taking passengers if they do not buckle up and wear their seat belts, regardless if they sit in the front or the back-seat of the taxi.  

“Careem has empowered its [drivers] to refuse passengers who choose not to buckle-up. In short, if you don’t buckle-up, we will choose not to provide an unsafe trip. Though this might sound drastic, we hope our passengers will value their safety as much as we do and hope that our community will welcome this bold move”, said Christian Eid, General Manager of Careem UAE.

Established in 2012, the car service operates across 27 cities in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

The taxi firm Careem has also asked customers to formally pledge to fastening their seat belts and in return, will reward pledgers with a 25 per cent discount on their next five rides.

Tips when travelling with children

If you have  a small child who travels usually in a child seat:

Make sure you call a chauffeur cab / taxi offering child seats.

In case your small child travels frequently in cabs, consider purchasing a combined child seat and baby stroller.

If you have  a child who travels usually on a booster cushion:

Make sure you call a chauffeur cab / taxi offering booster cushions.

Alternatively, take your own booster cushion along, they are light-weight and can be stored in a back pack.

Source: RoadSafety UAE

 By Mariam M Al Serkal

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