BY MATOVU A. TWAHA
PASSENGERS are reaping large following the addition of more cars on the Sharjah and Dubai taxi fleets in a space of one week.
Last week, Sharjah Transport Corporation (STC) announced an addition of 1,000 that would be in the city by the end of 2008; while 550 are set to be running by the end of this month. Sharjah had 4,000, thus with the additional 1,000 it will hit 5,000.
In the same breath, Dubai's CARS Taxi Company, which is operating under the umbrella of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Dubai Taxi Agency have also added 400 cars. This makes the total number of taxis in Dubai - all other franchise included - to between 6,500 and 7,000.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dubai Taxi Agency and Acting CEO of Public Transport Agency, Abdul Aziz Malik said the RTA is continuously working side by side with franchise companies, including CARS, to upgrade the level of service rendered to citizens, residents, visitors, tourists and various sectors of the community.
"CARS Taxi seeks to deliver the best services to the public through expanding and renovating its taxi fleet. The company is set to dispatch drivers to training courses held in conjunction with the RTA in a bid to urge them to adopt the best practices in business; particularly noting that the emirate of Dubai is witnessing unprecedented urban expansion and relentless growth in all fields. Such a drive requires intensive efforts to rise up to all challenges and figure out ultimate solutions to all problems and obstacles hindering the daily business of taxi companies."
Recently, an official from the Dubai taxi Agency, Ammar bin Tamim said that his organisation was taking the direction of reducing the passenger's waiting period on the roads for a taxi. "We want it to be less than five minutes."
Source: Gulf Today