Dubai opens up limousine and taxi services to private sector



Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has approved the Executive Council Resolution No. (6) for the year 2016, regulating carpooling in Dubai, as part of the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) plan to develop transportation sector in the Emirate.

2The Resolution also aims to regulate taxi and limousine transportation and combat illegal carpooling.

The Resolution identifies the responsibilities of RTA’s Public Transport Agency, which include processing requests related to issuing permits as per the Resolution, specifying the number of cars. It is allowed to operate, sign franchise contract to provide the services of passenger transportation via taxi vehicles or limousines, and assess efficiency in terms of safety and quality of the service.

The Resolution authorises RTA to prepare and adopt the technical specifications and safety measurements required to operate taxis and limousines; in addition to specify the requirements necessary for allowing handicap people to utilize these vehicles easily.

The Resolution also allows RTA to control the adherence of these establishments to the provisions of RTA’s permits and franchise contracts. More info