Dubai taxis

More cars headed for our roads as part of major overhaul

A major overhaul of Dubai taxi services could see more cabs on the city's streets and an increase or decrease in fares, an official has said.

Mansoor Rhama al Falasi, acting director of the franchising and enforcement department at the Public Transport Agency, told the National, top priority of the 10 year plan was fares, regulations and driver training.

"This study will cover the supply and demand for the sector until 2020 and will look at the regulations, rules, and operational plans for franchise companies," he told the paper.

"It will affect the guy on the street as it will make it easier for them to get a taxi.

"The consultant is also studying the customer and every single aspect of the system, including the intelligence system we have, for example, in our call centre."

The plan is being put together by the consultants Booz & Co and is set to be handed to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) by the end of the year, with the first changed brought in during 2010.

Earlier this year, the RTA introduced a Dhs10 minimum taxi fare per journey and a starting fee of Dhs20 for journeys to Sharjah.

"We are going to have a review on those fares and maybe increase or decrease them. We are in the process of reviewing these," al Falasi told the paper.

Last week the RTA announced it had fitted 3,503 taxis with a deoderant to stop complaints about smelly cabs.

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