5,112 owners of old taxis in Sharjah get bonuses.
More than 5,000 Emiratis who used to own taxis in Sharjah have been paid Dh10.2 million in annual bonuses.
Sharjah Transport director-general Abdullah Al Zari said the bonus, which this year amounted to Dh2,000 per driver, was distributed on an annual basis, alongside monthly compensation of Dh500 collected by the owners of old taxis.
"While the total amount of annual bonuses and compensation paid hit Dh34 million, over Dh 224 million was paid from 2005 to 2012 as annual compensation and bonuses to owners of old taxis in the emirate."
Al Zari said all due bonuses had already been transferred to the bank accounts of the 5,112 eligible owners of old taxis or the bank accounts of their heirs.
He said the move reflected the desire of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to support all segments of the society, particularly low-income ones, enhance social solidarity, and look after their social affairs.
Al Zari said the annual bonus had doubled from the Dh1,000 paid last year.
Since its establishment, Sharjah Transport has endeavoured to replace the old vehicles gradually with new ones, and compensate financially the owners of old vehicles who are UAE nationals. -firstname.lastname@example.org
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