By James Exelby
New franchise companies brining in new vehicles to relieve problems.
An extra 1,000 taxis will be put on the roads next year in a bid to reduce passenger waiting times, a senior public transport official was quoted by the UAE dailt The National as saying on Tuesday.
Abdul Aziz Malik, the chief executive of the Dubai Taxi Agency, said the new taxis would increase the total size of the fleet to around about 8,000 vehicles, it said.
“We will have an extra 1,000 taxis in 2009 and this should make a significant difference,” said Malik said on Tuesday.
“We are taking on more drivers each month, and they are undergoing extensive training before being allowed to get behind the wheel and carry passengers.”
The news follows a recent announcement by the Public Transport Agency (PTA) that Cars Taxis, one of the franchise companies of the the RTA’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA), had brought in 400 new taxis, bringing the current total number in the city to 6,900.
Dubai residents regularly complain of a lack of taxis. Long queues of people waiting for taxis at the airport and shopping centres have become a common sight and many people say they have difficulty hailing them.