Some Filipinos back home are notorious on the road for being “kaskaseros,” having this propensity to always floor the gas pedal.
In Dubai though, where you have people of different nationalities behind the wheel – and their own motoring habits developed back home – traffic police authorities ensure that everyone follows the rules. And they are doing a great job!
This also explains the rigorous process of obtaining a driver’s license.
No racial slur here but in light of this, one might ask: “How disciplined are Filipinos on the road?”
We asked Mr. Omar Osman of the Dubai Police General Department of Traffic and this was his reply:
“Ninety percent of the time, they obey the rules.”
What about the remaining 10 percent?
“The 10 percent (of the Filipino motorists),” Osman said, “disobey… of which five percent totally disregard.”
He said Filipinos – like most motorists of other nationalities, presumably – behave the most when there is a police car behind or near them.
There is more.
Osman said most common violation by non-car owning Filipinos is jaywalking.
“Most kababayans are involved in pedestrian violations – jaywalking, of which the fine is Dh420,” he said.