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Dubai Taxi enhances fleet with 80 hybrid vehicles

The step is taken in the context of a master plan to curb pollution resulting from vehicle emissions, thus rendering vehicles more environment-friendly in Dubai.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has added 80 hybrid brand new vehicles of Toyota Camry make to taxi fleet, raising the total number of hybrid vehicles in the fleet from 65 to 145 vehicles.

The step is taken in the context of a master plan to curb pollution resulting from vehicle emissions, thus rendering vehicles more environment-friendly in Dubai. The step, which is part of the strategic plan of RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), contributes to realizing RTA’s strategic goal: “Safety, Environmental Sustainability, and Supporting the Green Economy” under the slogan: “Pioneers for a Better Tomorrow”.

“This initiative; which manifests the implementation of power-saving policies in the UAE, is important to development projects, and nurturing a safe, clean and attractive environment capable of raising the profile of Dubai,” said Dr. Yousef Al Ali, CEO of DTC. “It also signals the joint commitment of RTA & DTC to conserve lives, properties, environment and natural resources as well as improving the occupational health & public safety, and introducing technologies to curb carbon emissions from transportation means,” he said.

“With the deregulation of fuel prices policy adopted since August 2015, and the anticipated growth coupled with the world’s economic recovery, it is logical to phase out the existing fleet of fuel-powered taxicabs and replace them by hybrid vehicles, especially as the resultant fuel consumption efficiency rate has risen by 30% and carbon dioxide emissions rate has soared by 30%. The ordinary vehicle, for instance, needs about 12.1 liters to cover 100 km, whereas the hybrid vehicle needs about 8.47 liters to cover the same distance. The ordinary vehicle generates about 289 kg of carbon dioxide emissions per day, whereas the hybrid vehicle generates about 202 kg of carbon dioxide emissions per day,” added Al Ali.

“The operational results of hybrid vehicles at the DTC showed fuel consumption saving inasmuch as 25.41 liters per vehicle per day and saving in fuel expenses by AED54.38 per vehicle per day (fuel price at AED2.14 per liter).

Ammar Al Buraiki, Acting Director of Operations, Dubai Taxi Corporation said: “RTA is the first entity in the region that has embarked on the trial operation of hybrid vehicles as part of the taxi fleet in Dubai from 2008 to 2011. In the context of joint cooperation between the DTC and Al Futtaim Motors, one of strategic partners of the DTC, 10 hybrid vehicles were deployed on a trial operation in 2012 where it was agreed to split the financial returns of these vehicles between three entities; Drivers Solidarity Trust, Dubai Autism Center, and the Department of Punitive and Reformatory Establishments at the Dubai Police. The move was taken in the context of the social responsibility to which the RTA attaches considerable importance, considering it part & parcel of its corporate values; which also include diffusing the culture of charitable & philanthropic activities, and enhancing RTA’s role in serving the community. Accordingly, 20 hybrid vehicles were launched in September 2013.