I feel great upon knowing that the government of Dubai has intensified its campaign against "smelly" taxis after receiving numerous complaints from various passengers.
To eliminate the pong of body odor and food smells, it handed over 3,500 air fresheners to drivers. Well, this sounds good, but I don't think this will completely solve the problem.
The fragrance of air freshener expires after a couple of minutes. Everyone knows that. And some people don't like the smell of it. Why don't the government serve the most effective solution?
- Educate the drivers. Teach them the basic personal hygiene. Require them to take a bath daily, change their clothes (uniform) everyday, apply body deodorant, brush their teeth every after meal.
- Penalize them for smoking inside. Some drivers don't care whether their passengers die of suffocation.
- Teach them to clean/wash their car everyday. They must be responsible.
If the government could not implement this solution it has to start finding ways to serve the passengers at its best. Why don't it begin operating automatic taxis?