Taxi Work Group promotes integration among taxicabs, buses and trains


Staff report

DUBAI: The Taxi Work Group, Middle East & North Africa (Mena) at the International Public Transport Association (UITP), recently held its inaugural meeting at the premises of the Dubai Taxi Corporation and Public Transport Agency.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Dr Abdul Aziz Al Ohali, chief of UITP’s Mena sector and deputy transport minister, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Abdul Aziz Malik, deputy chief of UITP’s Mena sector and CEO of Dubai Taxi Corporation.

Dr Abdul Aziz urged the group to seek the realisation of the intended objectives such as the efficient use of taxi fleet, keeping abreast of the alternative fuel types derived from environment-friendly sources, introducing advanced technologies, minimising traffic congestion in cities, delivering world-class services, and creating more job prospects.

“The prime concern of the Work Group is to foster partnership and integration between taxicabs, buses and trains. The group will publish work papers revolving around the integration of taxis, roads and public transport components. It is being launched as part of the endeavours of the UITP to materialise this integration,” said Abdul Aziz.

“The first UITP Taxi Congress is set to be held in Abu Dhabi in 2012 and the Taxi Work Group will contribute to the preparation of the final programme of the congress.”

Abdul Aziz Malik reviewed the vision and mission of the Taxi Work Group.”

He stated that the underlying objective of the group was to boost the taxi services in the region and exchange expertise between operators, entities and industry besides promoting the business performance, he said.