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Five hundred more lemon yellow-roofed ‘Cars Taxi’ cars will hit Doha streets by October, the taxi operator announced on Thursday.
Cars Taxi started the roll-out yesterday with 25 taxis and the number is set to gradually increase to 500, in addition to the 500 already on the streets.
The announcement to double the Cars Taxi fleet will bring the total number of taxis in Qatar to 4,500 by the end of the third quarter.
“Since the launch of Cars Taxi in September, 2014, we’ve commissioned 500 taxis in record time and hope to commission another 500 in the next four to five months,” P Balasubramaniam, Group Director, Profit Group, told The Peninsula during the launch event at Sharq Village & Spa.
The company also plans to introduce environment-friendly hybrid taxis and special taxis for women, families and people with disabilities.
One of the region’s largest taxi franchise operators, Cars Taxi operates in the country in partnership with Qatar-based Profit Group.
“Since launching operations two years ago, Cars Taxi has established itself as a preferred choice of commuters throughout the country,” said Abdulla Sultan Al Sabbagh, Group CEO, Cars Taxi Group.
He said the company is giving 21-day intensive training to drivers and has equipped taxis with advanced mobile data terminals (MDTs), inclusive of meters, navigation systems, taxi tracking and dispatch systems and a speed monitoring system allowing a maximum speed limit of 100kmph within city limits.