Metered taxis to hit Muscat soon

12 Jan 2017
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

Mwasalat will begin its taxi service soon and fleets will be running on meters by the end of this year, the public transport company confirmed this week.

Around 500 taxis will begin operations in the first quarter of this year.

The company will manage 150 airport taxis, 150 at malls and 200 taxis on call.

“We are closely working with the Ministry of Transport to regulate the taxi business in Oman and hope to start operating our vehicles by the first quarter of this year. By the end of this year, all our taxis will run on meters,” Ahmad bin Ali al Bulushi, the CEO of Mwasalat, confirmed.

According to the company’s plan, customers can book their taxis via an app or by a call centre.

The company is also looking to hire nationals as directors of taxi services, supervisors, and for many other positions.

“Expatriates may be hired if company fails to find the right Omani person. However, our first choice is Omani nationals,” the CEO asserted.

Meantime, a local daily reported that the existing taxi drivers have welcomed the metre system.

“It is good that taxis will install meters, as it will benefit customers and drivers. Having a fare structure is always better, as can be seen by the success of airport taxis,” a representative of taxi drivers said.

According to another taxi driver, fares must be kept low to attract more passengers.

Customers also agreed that the taxis should be metered as we are going through an economic crisis.

“Now we have to pay whatever the drivers demand, so meters are welcome,” a frequent taxi passenger said.

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