Taxis in Jordan’s southern port city of Aqaba are looking snazzy these days with a fresh coat of blue and green paint. It’s the new look for the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA). So far, 200 taxis out of 470 have been painted at government expense. Next year’s budget in the financially and administratively autonomous zone will provide for painting 50 public transportation buses.
There are still a few details to be worked out. As everyone knows, in Jordan serveeces are white and taxis are yellow. But Aqaba’s green and blue taxis deliver passengers to other cities. As soon as they set wheel outside the special economic zone, they can get stopped and ticketed for not having a yellow taxi. Last week a taxi driver got stopped and ticketed on the way to Maan. Until the word gets around–and I think Maan is just jealous here–I mean, what is in Maan?–the ASEZA will be paying these tickets.