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Contract awarded to add 900 units to Dubai Taxi fleet

The new vehicles include Toyota Camry (regular and hybrid), Toyota Innova, Lexus, Hiace, Nissan Altima, and Hyundai Sonata units

RTA has awarded a contract to expand Dubai Taxi's fleet by 900 units [representational image].
RTA has awarded a contract to expand Dubai Taxi's fleet by 900 units [representational image].

A contract has been awarded to expand Dubai Taxi’s fleet by 900 vehicles.

The contract, awarded by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), includes 370 environment-friendly hybrid vehicles, which are fitted with dual fuel-electric power motors.

READ: Dubai Taxi receives 554 Toyota hybrid electric vehicles

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors at the RTA, said the procurement is part of the agency’s efforts – represented by Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) – to improve passenger transport services.

Included within the deal are 142 Toyota Camry, 193 Toyota Innova, 55 Lexus, 370 hybrid Toyota Camry, and one Toyota Hiace vehicles. Additionally, the contract covers 15 Nissan Altima and 123 Hyundai Sonata, in addition to one H1.

Dr Yousef Al Ali, chief executive officer of DTC, said a limited tender was released for the contract, through which “official invitations were made to auto dealers and strategic partners of the DTC”.

He continued: “Under the contract, Al-Futtaim Automotive, Arabian Automobiles Company, and Juma Al Majid Establishment will provide technical support and supervision to the DTC, at any time it is needed.

“They will also provide theoretical and practical training to the staff and technicians of the DTC on the new vehicles. A copy of the maintenance manual will also be provided for mechanical, electric, and body repairs, along with spare part manuals.”

Commenting on the deal, Al Tayer said: “The procurement of 370 hybrid vehicles is in implementation of the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to optimise the use of energy in the UAE given its importance for people and development of various projects.

“The move is also part of RTA’s commitment to curbing carbon footprint of taxis by 2% as required by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the Green Economy drive,” Al Tayer added, according to WAM.

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