Abu Dhabi welcomes carpooling

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The Department of Transportation – Abu Dhabi are praised for the carpooling facility, for the most part that the toll system gets operational from Tuesday.

A worker from Dubai, Mobeen Jawaid, travels five time a week from Mussafah to Dubai. He feels that carpooling will lessen carbon footprint as there will be lesser vehicles on the roads.

Jawaid stated, “The government is very keen on taking environment-friendly steps and, as responsible residents, it is our duty to contribute in all possible ways. I have been travelling five days a week to Dubai for a while now and am eager to share my ride with other commuters, which will help limit carbon emission levels. This will be good for the environment. In my previous job, I had established a system to conserve energy. Now, the DoT has given an opportunity to all motorists to preserve environment for future generations.”

Another traveler, Afsar Khan, is grateful for the news as he can save money on fuel while travelling in Abu Dhabi. “This is great news. I am into marketing and travel twice between Mussafah and Khalidiyah. So, if I get two to three commuters to share fuel and parking fee, then nothing like it. This saving will balance my toll gate fees. This practice of sharing vehicles will not only reduce pollution level but result in more parking spaces, which, at times, are hard to find in the city,” he said.

Moreover, Thomas Thomas insisted that trustworthy partners in carpooling is essential. He added that “I travel from Abu Dhabi City to Al Quoz Industrial Area. You can share petrol expenses, which is good but there are many things that need to fall into place like timing of pick-up and drop-off, and behavior of the partner. Adjustment will be the key here. I think one partner will be enough to manage. Trust between partners will be a key aspect for carpooling to be a success.”

Interested residents can visit www.darb.ae/Carpooling and create an account which will guide them to either offer a ride or look for one provided by motorists.