RTA adds 2219 new cars to Dubai Taxi fleet

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a contract to purchase 2,219 new vehicles to expand the Dubai Taxi Corporation’s (DTC) fleet. The new batch includes 1,775 hybrid vehicles powered by fuel and electricity. This brings the total number of hybrid vehicles in Dubai Taxi’s fleet to 4,105, representing 71% of the total number of taxis operated by DTC to 5,721 vehicles.

 His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Thayer, CEO, Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority Board of Executive Directors, stressed RTA’s commitment to enhancing Dubai’s transport services, introducing modern technology and intelligent systems in taxis, improving sector efficiency and delighting customers. “RTA is also committed to increasing its fleet of taxis and limousines to keep pace with Dubai’s rapid development and support the integration of mass transit networks to make it easier for passengers to reach their final destinations,” commented Al Thayer.

 “The purchase of the new vehicles is in line with DTC’s efforts to enhance taxi services in Dubai and provide a unique taxi service that facilitates the movement of residents and tourists. The move facilitates the provision of a diverse service characterised by comfort and care in stylish vehicles, across a wide range of taxi services including limousines, airport taxis, women’s and family taxis, among others. It is also consolidating its efforts to meet customer needs through continuous improvement and delivery of first-class services through various channels with a particular focus on smart platforms.

 “The investment in hybrid vehicles is a response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to save energy consumption in all development projects in the country. It is also in line with the master plan commitments to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2 per cent taxi, as stipulated by the Dubai High Council of Energy, and the transition to a green economy. The move also contributes to the strategic objective of the RTA (Safety and Environmental Sustainability) and supports the government’s drive towards a green economy,” explained Al Thayer.

 Dubai Taxi Corporation’s strategic plan (2021-2023) includes 51 initiatives based on key principles, among which are an increase in DTC taxi market share from the existing 41.5% to 44% by 2023 and an increase in limousine market share within the e-hail application from the existing 8.5% to 12% by 2023. The plan also envisages an increase in the share of taxi rides through the same apps from 14% to 16%.  The plan calls for converting 5% of the taxi fleet to autonomous vehicles by 2023 and increasing the share of environmentally friendly vehicles to 56%. In terms of the financial sustainability component, the plan calls for cost savings, increased operating and non-operating revenues, and an increase in the number of taxis deployed at Dubai airports to achieve outstanding operating levels.

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