Road traffic experts and motorists have stressed the need to educate taxi drivers on maintaining proper road etiquette and avoid violations, local Arabic daily Arrayah has reported.
A section of taxi drivers engage in illegal overtaking from the right, sudden turns and unexpected stops, causing trouble to other motorists and possibly contribute to accidents, it was explained.
Mubarak al-Nuaimi, a traffic expert, said that limousine and taxis in Europe often have designated parking lots only where they can stop.
"More of such parking stations should be introduced across the country to avoid the phenomenon of sudden stops by taxi and limousine drivers which usually perplex other drivers and cause chaos on the road, resulting at times in severe accidents that could be completely avoided," he suggested.
Abdullah al-Badr, a motorist, was of the view that wrong turns and sudden stops of taxis is a dangerous practice that should be addressed seriously by all stakeholders.
"This has become an acceptable phenomenon on the roads of the country that risk the well-being and safety of road users, in particular across Doha city, which already suffer from some congestion," he said.
Ahmed al-Khulaifi, another traffic expert, pointed out that the number of limousines and taxis has increased considerably in the country and their common violations have gone up accordingly.
"Many of those drivers are careless about following the proper rules of traffic, especially when stopping all of a sudden to pick up a customer," he said.
Al-Khulaifi saw the need for more discipline on the road and the companies who hire such drivers should be responsible for making them follow the proper conduct on the road, the daily added.