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Tue 6 Jan 2009 04:29 PM

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Transport chiefs reject idea of Dubai taxi fare rise

New 20 dirham starting fare considered for emirate but dismissed by RTA - spokesman.

The Roads and Transport Authority has dismissed speculation claiming it plans to introduce 20 dirhams starting fares for all Dubai taxis.

RTA spokesman Peyman Parham told Arabian Business on Tuesday that starting fares will remain at three dirhams for pickups, although he added an increase was considered by transport chiefs.

Rumours of increased starting fares circulated after toll charges for taxi passengers travelling through Salik gates were dropped.

“It’s all rumours and all we have announced is that taxis are exempt from Salik,” he added. “We are looking to make public transport more efficient, but other than that we have nothing to announce.”

An increase was considered following reports that starting fares for taxis in Sharjah were rising to 20 dirhams from 2.50 dirhams, he said, adding that the RTA often considers new initiatives, some of which are implemented while others are rejected.

He said: “We read about the fares in Sharjah and thought, ‘why not look at it?’ At the end of the day, the RTA’s role is to look at every possible solution to improve the traffic situation. There are many things that we don’t announce and that’s why I’m saying we potentially looked at it. But as long as we don’t announce it, assume it’s not going to happen.”

After dismissing the fare increase rumours, Parham said improving public transport was the association’s priority in 2009.

The RTA will increase its bus fleet to 2500 from 600 before services on Dubai’s $2.4 billion metro system start this year. It will also raise the number of bus stops to 1500 from 500, ensuring all residents are close to an air-conditioned shelter.

Other initiatives include introducing more road and water taxis, ferries and abras. “If you put all that together, you have a superb transport plan which we’ve never had before,” he said.

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Jon 11 years ago

OK, they have rejected it but where in the world do they see that as a sensible increase??? Rate of inflation increase is acceptable, but that proposal is crazy and theft

KMC 11 years ago

This is Europe prices, but we don't pay Europe petrol prices here... Remind me why we live in Dubai again? Aren't we meant to be saving money here?

Arun 11 years ago

Some times we feel that this RTA is too greedy to make money. No, that is the fact.

AJ 11 years ago

Increasing the starting fare is ill advised at a time when consumers are already hurting from the impact of the credit crunch. I would strongly advise against such a course of action. The cost of living in this country needs to come down, else there will be a population exodus. Overheads need to be rationalized so that businesses and consumers can afford to conduct their affairs. Else they will move out of this country.

andy 11 years ago

If this were to come into being just how would this type of increase encourage people to use public transport, perhaps its a way to get back the money lost from making the taxis exempt from salik, give with one hand take with the other.... another fine example of how ideas get dropped into the public arena with no forethought, further cementing the views that the decision makers et al have no clue what they are doing.. just tax the residents yet again!!!

Samer 11 years ago

I travel a lot. I take taxis to and from the airport all the time. I take the same route, i travel around the same time, hence same traffic conditions on the road. Over the past 3 years, i've been noticing a steady, increment in the fair i end up paying.. almost every 3 to 6 months.

Shreekant 11 years ago

Actually not only has taxi fares increased via meter adjustment (few taxi drivers told me), even the petrol stations meters are adjusted to show higher meter for same amount of petrol. I always fill-up my tank and since last 1 year instead of usual 8 to 8.25 gallons, the meter reads more.

Paul 11 years ago

AJ please delete your last statement or Mounir will tell you how many airports UAE has