WEB DESK: A Pakistani cab driver has been awarded recognition and cash prize for honestly returning DHS 1.7 million to the organization after a passenger left the briefcase in his cab.
“The driver, Naseebullah Sher Dhola, Pakistani, honestly and safely returned a suitcase stuffed with Dh1.7million along with important documents belonged to a Korean merchant,” said Abdulaziz Al Jarwan, Director of Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority on Thursday. “The cabbie has been declared role model for his counterparts, and presented with appreciation certificates and cash prizes.”
Working with Sharjah Taxi at the Sharjah International Airport, according to Al Jarwan, Dhola was quick to report the suitcase to the RTA Transport office at the airport, which then informed Sharjah Police. Al Jarwan highlighted his company’s efforts to hire honest workers who take intensive training courses prior to joining the company.
“Up to 265 taxi drivers were honoured last month, and presented with Dh310,000 in cash and as valuable gifts, in appreciation for their honesty and exceptional performance,” he said.
As per the Shukran (Thanks) programme worth Dh100,000, staff drivers are rewarded financially and spiritually for behaving well. “They may also replace the black points imposed against traffic violations with white ones,” explained Al Jarwan.
Due to the large number reports received on lost items, RTA Sharjah has installed special sensors in its taxi fleet to remind passengers to collect their belongings before leaving the taxi. “These sensors, on trial, are to be fitted in all the 5,200 cabs running in the emirate.”
Official records show that the Sharjah Taxi office at the Sharjah International Airport has reported at least 300 different items found and returned to their owners.