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RTA plan sees 50% of taxis turn hybrid in five years
By a Staff Reporter August 14, 2016
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DUBAI: Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has approved the 5-Year Plan of the Dubai Taxi Corporation Projects & Investment Initiatives 2016 – 2021. The Plan serves the strategic goals of RTA in providing advanced transit systems capable of bringing happiness to users.

“The 5-Year Plan envisages beefing-up the fleet of the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) by more than 40 per cent as the number is set to rise from 5000 cabs in 2015 to 7,000 cabs by 2021. The number of limousines is set to leapfrog by as much as 340 per cent from 113 vehicles in 2015 to 500 vehicles by 2021. The increase in the number of taxicabs is required to cater to the growing needs of customers comprising residents & visitors as well as the requirements of hosting the Expo 2020 in Dubai.

“The plan encompasses converting 50 per cent of taxicabs into hybrid vehicles by 2021 as part of a master plan to curb carbon emission in the taxi sector by 2 per cent as stipulated by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the Green Economy transition. This step is prompted by the deregulation of fuel prices, and the reduced lifespan of hybrid vehicles compared with conventional vehicles. Thus, the number of hybrid vehicles at the disposal of the DTC would soar from 145 vehicles in 2015 to 2,280 vehicles in 2021,” revealed Al Tayer.

“RTA is determined to overhaul the school transport sector with a view to offering safe and smooth mobility for all students of various ages, and playing a leading role in delivering premium transit services for students in a safe environment. Our intention is also to encourage parents to have their wards transported by school buses rather than private vehicles, support the UAE education strategy 2020, improve the calibre of school transport service in Dubai, and strike a balance between supply and demand in the sector. The DTC 5-Year Plan includes a new bundle of programmes and initiatives to improve the school transport services run by the DTC through supplying the fleet with new eco-friendly buses fitted with sophisticated technologies corresponding to the smart government initiative, and cutting-edge safety & security means. Accordingly, the number of school buses in operation would hike from 117 buses in 2015 to more than 650 buses by 2021, recording in the process an increase rate exceeding 450 per cent,” explained Al Tayer.

Reflecting on the technological projects of the DTC, Al Tayer said: “The plan covers improving the recently launched Customers Relation Management System, and finalising the initial phase of upgrading smart apps project by enabling limousine booking service via DTC Limo App, or dialing Customers Care Center number (042080555). Phase II covers developing smart apps for all DTC services in a bid to achieve higher customers’ satisfaction rating, and improve the corporate standing of the DTC amongst all spectrums of the community.

“The 5-Year Plan 2016-2021 also encompasses developing land plots owned by DTC through constructing commercial outlets to help support future expansion plans. Recently the DTC released a tender to appoint a consultant to study & respond to the future needs of the DTC, and open new business horizons to diversify the sources of commercial incomes of the DTC. The plan calls for introducing smart systems for towing vehicles in emergency cases to enable responding to reports of vehicle breakdown on roads via such smart systems. The system would streamline the traffic flow, fend off bottlenecks & accidents, and improve the traffic safety level,” added Al Tayer.

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