The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai announced on Sunday that it will be adding as many 1,090 new vehicles to the Dubai Taxi fleet. Of these, 776 vehicles will be hybrid.
Currently, the Dubai Taxi Fleet is 1,140-car strong. With the introduction of the new cars, the number is poised to swell to 2,230. Hybrid vehicles will make up 44 percent of the entire Dubai Taxi fleet. The new vehicles include 660 Toyota Camry hybrids, 270 units of the Toyota Innova, two Toyota Hiace MPVs, 116 Hyundai Sonata hybrids, 30 Hyundai H1 vans, and 12 Mercedes-Benz Vito Pro vans.
The Dubai Taxi Corporation is adding a mix of different vehicles, from vans, to sedans, to hybrid cars to its fleet.
The board of directors of RTA, led by chairman and director-general Mattar Al Tayer made the announcement on Sunday, endorsing a contract for the procurement of new vehicles. “The procurement of these new vehicles is part of RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation efforts to improve the taxi service in Dubai. The objective is to offer a unique and premium taxi service to meet the rising demand and improve the level of service that will bring more happiness to clients,” he said.
Al Tayer also said that the procurement of hybrid vehicles is in accordance with the directives laid down by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. This move aims at reducing power consumption in the country.
It is also part of the RTA’s commitment to the Master Plan of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy calling for reducing carbon emissions of the taxi sector by two per cent to accelerate the migration to the Green Economy. It also concurs with the Strategic Objective (Safety and Environmental Sustainability) and supports the government’s green economy initiatives as well,” he concluded.
RTA is procuring hybrid taxis as part of its commitment to the Master Plan of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.
CEO of Dubai Taxi Corporation Dr Yousuf Al Ali said: “As part of its strategic objectives, the Dubai Taxi Corporation is aspiring for an excellent operation that brings happiness to people. This procurement will meet the growing public demand for the service fuelled by the upsurge of urbanisation and demographic growth in Dubai, which is shaping into a key destination for investors and business leaders from all countries.”