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270 'Mercedes Vito Compact' taxis launched

By Wam

The Centre for Regulations of Transport by Hire Cars announced on Wednesday the launch of a fleet of 270 new ‘Mercedes Vito Compact’ taxis, similar to the airport taxis, in Abu Dhabi.

The launch will undergo an initial trial period to assess the vehicle’s mechanical and technical aspect as well as the public feedback.

The new taxis will run on eco-friendly green diesel, and will be equipped with an easy-to-use intercom system for communications between the passenger and driver; vehicles will also be equipped with up-to-date Metre Data Unit (MDT). In addition to that, the new taxis are wheelchair accessible via special ramps and fitted with special locks to secure the wheelchair in place for those with special needs to use. 

Commenting on the launch, Mohamed Darwish Al Qamzi, General Manager of The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars, said: "We are running this launch trial in line with the centre's efforts to provide integrated transport services which reflect Abu Dhabi's tourism identity and fulfill the needs of all members of society. We have conducted various studies to sustain the level of excellence and quality development of taxi services offered to the public in the emirate".

Al Qamzi also pointed out that the taxi transport companies are providing training for drivers on how to drive the new taxis and use the latest technologies and features on board.