Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a contract for the procurement of 2,219 new vehicles to enhance the fleet of the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC). The new batch includes 1,775 hybrid vehicles powered by fuel and electricity. Therefore, the total number of hybrid vehicles in the Dubai Taxi fleet jumps to 4,105 vehicles, which constitutes 71% of the total number of taxis operated by the DTC amounting to 5,721 vehicles.
His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority, stressed RTA’s commitment to uplifting Dubai’s transport services, introducing modern technologies and smart systems to taxis, boosting the performance efficiency of the sector, and bringing happiness to customers. “RTA is also keen to scale up the taxi and limo fleet to keep pace with the fast development seen by Dubai and support the integration of mass transit networks to make it easier for commuters to reach their final destinations,” commented Al Tayer.
“The procurement of new vehicles is in line with DTC’s efforts to uplift the calibre of Dubai taxi services and deliver a unique taxi experience that eases the mobility of residents and tourists. The step contributes to providing diverse service options characterised by comfort and care in stylish vehicles across a wide spectrum of taxi services including limousine, airport taxis, and women & family taxis among others. It also consolidates the efforts to fulfil customer needs through sustained improvement and the delivery of top-notch services via diverse channels with a special focus on smart platforms.
“Investing 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, Ruler of Dubai, to save power consumption in all development projects across the nation. It also fits with the commitment to the master plan for curbing carbon emissions of taxis by 2% as stipulated by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the migration to the Green Economy. The move also contributes to realising RTA’s strategic goal (Safety and Environmental Sustainability), and supporting the government’s green economy drive,” explained Al Tayer.
The Strategic Plan of the Dubai Taxi Corporation (2021-2023) encompasses 51 initiatives based on key pillars highlighted by increasing the market share of DTC taxis from the existing 41.5% to 44% by 2023 and increasing the market share of limousines under the e-hail apps from the existing 8.5% to 12% by 2023. It also seeks to increase the journeys of taxis through the same apps from 14% to 16%.
The plan envisages transforming 5% of the taxi fleet to autonomous vehicles by 2023 and increasing the proportion of eco-friendly vehicles to as much as 56%. As for the financial sustainability pillar, the plan calls for saving expenses, promoting operational and non-operational revenues, and boosting the number of taxis deployed at the Dubai airports to achieve an outstanding operational level.