New rules from Saudi Arabia’s Transport General Authority that require taxi drivers to wear approved uniforms came into force on July 12, the Arab News reported…reports Asian Lite News
The decision, announced in May, applies to male and female drivers of all types of taxis and ride-hailing services, including private-hire vehicles. Authorities warned that penalties will be imposed on anyone who fails to follow them.
The Authority explained that adhering to a uniform driver costume will contribute to strengthening its development efforts aimed at raising the level of quality of services in transport activities in general and taxi in particular, in a manner that also contributes to improving the general appearance and positive impression of these vital services and their direct connection with all segments of society, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Men must wear national dress or a long-sleeved gray shirt, black trousers and a black belt. Jackets may be worn as required. Women can wear an abaya or a blouse and trousers with a jacket or coat. All drivers must also carry their ID cards.
The TGA said the decision to introduce mandatory requirements for drivers’ clothing forms part of its ongoing process of reviewing and updating regulations governing the sector, and is designed to enhance the authority’s development efforts, increase the quality of transport services in general, improve the overall appearance of drivers, and reflect public-decency regulations.
The authority advised all drivers to visit its website for full details of approved uniform options, and urged passengers to notify the TGA or lodge a complaint if they become aware of drivers who are not following the regulations.
The Authority affirmed its constant and continuous keenness to serve the beneficiaries and keep pace with their aspirations, and to strive to achieve the highest standards of quality and satisfaction rates among the beneficiaries of transport services throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s regions, the SPA reported.