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2,000 new taxis on Dubai roads by 2021

RTA’s five-year plan to see school bus numbers grow by more than 500%

2,000 new taxis on Dubai roads by 2021

The number of taxis in Dubai is set to grow from 5,000 to 7,000, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

The authority has approved a five-year plan that would see its taxi fleet grow by more than 40 percent.

It will also see the number of limousine-style taxis in Dubai rise from 113 vehicles in 2015 to 500 vehicles in 2021.

“The larger number of taxicabs is required to cater to the growing needs of customers comprising residents and visitors as well as the requirements of hosting the Expo 2020 in Dubai,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, reported state news agency WAM.

"The plan covers converting 50 percent of taxicabs into hybrid vehicles by 2021 as part of a master plan to curb carbon emissions in the taxi sector by 2 percent as stipulated by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Green Economy transition. This step is prompted by the deregulation of fuel prices and the reduced lifespan of hybrid vehicles compared with conventional vehicles. Thus, the number of hybrid vehicles at the disposal of the DTC would soar from 145 in 2015 to 2,280 vehicles in 2021."

The number of school buses in operation is set to rise from 117 in 2015 to more than 650 buses in 2021. The plan includes initiatives to improve school transport by adding eco-friendly buses fitted with “sophisticated technologies corresponding to the smart government initiative” and cutting-edge means of safety and security.

"The RTA is determined to overhaul the school transport sector with a view to offering safe and smooth mobility for all students of various ages, and playing a leading role in delivering premium transit services for students in a safe environment,” said Al Tayer.

“Our intention is also to encourage parents to have their wards transported by school buses rather than private vehicles, support the UAE education strategy 2020, improve the calibre of school transport service in Dubai, and strike a balance between supply and demand in the sector.”

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