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Dubai taxis ride over one billion passengers in 25 years

Dubai taxis ride over one billion passengers in 25 years

Dubai Taxis clocked in 682 million journeys from its inception in 1995 to December 2019, while its fleet grew from 81 to 5,201 vehicles


Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), a subsidiary of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has lifted more than one billion riders since the beginning of its operations in 1995, official news agency WAM reported.

Dubai taxis clocked in 682 million journeys, riding more than one billion passengers, from 1995 to December 2019. The fleet grew from 81 to 5,201 vehicles, while the number of drivers increased from 886 to 11,500, a statement said.

The staff scaled from 23 to 1,131 employees, while taxi services rose to 13 by the end of 2019.

DTC uses artificial intelligence (AI) to improve taxi services, monitor supply and demand of taxi services, analyse trip details, and route vehicles to high-demand locations. AI is also deployed to escalate safety levels via monitoring driver conduct and compliance, the statement said.

The DTC smart app, entailing regular taxis, limo service, electric limo and Amira limo, has abated the average time of directing taxis to clients to 6.5 minutes. DTC has also embarked on a project to automate taxi services at Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport to grow the number of taxis in operation and streamline taxi services as well as reduce its waiting time from 11 to 5 minutes, the statement said.

Toyota hybrid vehicles have also been added to Dubai Taxi’s fleet, to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emission by 47 per cent, in line with RTA’s commitment to the Green Mobility Strategy of scaling the ratio of electric and hybrid new vehicles bought or hired by government bodies to 10 per cent in 2020, the statement added.

This move fosters the emirate’s aim to slash carbon emissions by 16 per cent in 2021, and RTA’s intent to convert 50 per cent of Dubai Taxi fleet into hybrid vehicles by 2021.

RTA has delayed the migration of its service from the booking and taxi dispatch centre to Hala e-hailing system – a joint venture between RTA and ride-hailing app Careem – to January 15, 2020 instead of the initially proposed date of December 7.

Read: Dubai’s RTA defers complete migration of taxi bookings to the Hala platform


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