Uber and Dubai’s RTA in talks for cheap mass transport services for future

Meeting with RTA to discuss 'new budget mobility products' in addition to its current luxury service

Uber and Dubai's RTA in talks for cheap mass transport services for future

Uber is in talks with Dubai to set up a new low cost transport service, even as it faces the loss of its operating license in London.

The company is responding to a study by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) which calls for: “new budget mobility products” that would meet the objectives of Dubai Plan 2021.

Dubai is seeking “affordable mobility solutions” that: “will enhance mass and shared transport, reduce the number of vehicles on roads, and deliver passenger transport services through electronic communication channels,” according to the RTA.

The meeting involved Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, vice president and chief executive of Uber in Europe, MENA.

Uber has faced opposition in several cities, with London saying it has revoked the company’s license on the grounds that it is “not fit and proper.”

The dispute in London is in contrast with Dubai, where Uber operates in a more regulated environment which means its fares must always be at least 30 per cent higher than regular taxis. More info

By James Langton  thenational.ae