Sharjah has been recognized by the World Federation of the Disabled as a city that is exceptionally friendly towards people with motor disabilities and amputation. This has been further endorsed as the Roads and Transport authority in Sharjah has launched a new initiative that will enable elderly people to use public transport at reduced rates. They will be completely exempted from paying the fee on public buses while a lower tariff will be levied on the use of taxis.
Residents have warmly welcomed the initiative saying that the measure will encourage more and more people to utilize public transport. Authorities say that the special initiatives are in line with the goals of the Year of Zayed.
The emirate has the distinction of being the first city in the region to have been acknowledged by the global body. The RTA has said that special permits will be given to elderly people that will enable them to claim the discounted rates. However, until the time the cards are issued eligible people can claim the discounts on the basis of a valid ID. The group of people eligible for the discounts includes elderly people, children and those with disabilities.