By Shane McGinley
RTA figures show number of trips rose by three percent compared to last year
Dubai taxis carried out 50,012,545 journeys in the first six months of 2013, a rise of around three percent compared to the same period last year, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) reported.
The figure works out at an average of 8,335,424 trips per month, which the RTA said “is considered a new record in the Emirate of Dubai”.
"The Reservation and Distribution Center plays a pivotal role in serving a wide sector of the public regarding the variety of services and covering it to include all segments of society," said Adel Shakri, director of transport systems at the RTA Public Transport Agency, which runs the facility responsible for taking taxi reservations.
Shakri said 1,472,297 trips were booked through the centre, with 222,933 serviced within five minutes and the majority of customers receiving a taxi within 20 minutes.
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Really? Surprising because I can never get a taxi for love nor money.
The RTA taxi service is a complete joke and how it operates as a business is beyond me. probably because with most things here, there is no competition.
Bad driving, no availability, rude drivers, dirty & unsafe taxi's to name a but a few of my gripes.
No point moaning, seems it just falls on deaf ears here
if one compares the taxi service avaiable now with exhorbitant rates compared to the the average salaries of the common people now who are compelled to use their services because of lack of viable transport avaialble from distant places it seems after the nationalisation of a private services like taxi in the guise of the so called regulation by RTA it seems the taxi service avaible in dubai is a rip off the customar.The common people in dubai are not able to get a taxi and the real beneficieries are the licensee s of the taxi service of the rta,all the taxies are lined up in the front of shopping malls ,and hotel and hotel apartments and so are not intrested in small distance travel. what about the common people who need to travel short distance to sshools hospitals work and travel with heavy shopping?