Transport authority announces start of implementation of $18.7m roll-out
Dubai's transport authority has annnounced the start of a smart meter system for taxis in Dubai at the cost of AED68.8 million ($18.7 million).
The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) said in a statement that all taxicabs, comprising 10,550 vehicles, will be fitted with the smart meters by the end of June 2018.
The system is integrated with Dubai Geographic Addressing System (Makani), and the automated calculation of Toll Tariff (Salik). It also has updated maps for the UAE.
It has the feature of displaying ‘Out of Service’ screen to allow for a 90-minute flexible break for drivers per shift, the RTA said.
It can also display ‘End of Shift’ screen to ensure that the taxi driver will not be hailed within the last 45 minutes of the shift to facilitate the handing over of the vehicle.
The meter is linked with optical sensors to detect the boarding of a customer in case the driver forgets to turn on the meter.
The system can also be linked with POS devices to enable smooth payment and has a ‘Aman’ (safety) system to monitor the speed of taxicabs.
During an inspection visit, Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, was briefed about the system.
The Public Transport Agency has completed the installation of 4,850 devices by the end of June and the number will rise to 7,850 devices by December.