Dubai Taxi to add 2,219 vehicles to fleet, including 1,775 hybrids
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Dubai Taxi to add 2,219 vehicles to fleet, including 1,775 hybrids

Dubai Taxi to add 2,219 vehicles to fleet, including 1,775 hybrids

The total number of hybrids operated by Dubai Taxi will rise to 4,105, accounting for 71 per cent of its entire fleet

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a contract to procure 2,219 new vehicles to boost the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) fleet.

The new batch includes 1,775 hybrid vehicles too. As a result, the total number of hybrid vehicles in Dubai Taxi fleet jumps to 4,105 vehicles – which constitutes 71 per cent of the 5,721 vehicles in total operated by DTC.

“Investing in hybrid vehicles is a response to the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister [of the UAE] and Ruler of Dubai, to save power consumption in all development projects across the nation. It also fits with the commitment to the masterplan for curbing carbon emissions of taxis by 2 per cent 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,” said Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director-general, chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.

The Strategic Plan of the Dubai Taxi Corporation (2021-2023) encompasses 51 initiatives based on increasing the market share of DTC taxis from the existing 41.5 per cent to 44 per cent by 2023 and increasing the market share of limousine under the e-hail apps from the existing 8.5 per cent to 12 per cent by 2023.

It also seeks to increase the journeys of taxis through the same apps from 14 per cent to 16 per cent.

The plan envisages transforming 5 per cent of the taxi fleet to autonomous vehicles by 2023 and increasing the proportion of eco-friendly vehicles to as much as 56 percent.

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.

The RTA was reportedly the first entity in the region to introduce a trial run of hybrid vehicles and deploy them within the Dubai Taxi fleet between 2008-2012. Results from that trial run showed that the hybrids covered more than 550,000 kilometres without sustaining major defects or requiring any major maintenance.

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