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A press release regarding the latest development in Taxi sector
Muscat:18 April 2017
 
The ministry of Transport and communications has reviewed the response of some of Taxi drivers after the implementation of the recent regulations that aims to develop the Taxi sector in Oman. The ministry , with these regulation , aims to use it for bolstering the efficiency of this vital sector  as well generate more revenues from it , in order to serve the clients with no harm done to citizens operating taxi  services .The ministry ,for achieving such aims, depended on a number of aspects  through :-
 
1-   The community believe that developing Taxi sector is an inevitable thing to do and a necessity for many reasons, maybe most noted is keeping up with technological advancement, which is considered a part of living pattern in communities. Another is the development of Humanity needs of such vital service. What will help Oman in succeing regarding it is the available of infrastructure  of transport  which the government constantly optimize its investment for bolstering the sectors tied with it , most noted is the tourism sector that sees a great growth in tourists numbers. Tourism sector also ensures the development of all supporting sectors most noted is Taxi sector.
 
2-   The status of Taxi sector in Oman still below out ambitions and lacks the effective regulation as well the required security, safety and training. This sector currently lacks the use of modern technology, which does not meet the expectation of its clients in terms of quality. The ministry so far has received many complaints and queries regarding this issue.
 
3-   The Ministry, occasionally, receives demands from local enterprises and individuals (expats/Omanis) as well Tourists for implementing Meters in Taxi cars in order to know the actual tariff that they need to know. Currently there is now official and approved tariff for transportation.
 
4-   It is significant to take into account that Omanis operate Taxi cars sector in Oman fully, thus it must be put into consideration when organizing this sector.
 
5-   After the release of Land Transport Act, the ministry worked effortlessly to organize multiple discussion sessions for drafting the regulations for this law, including Taxi regulations. Related authorities and a group of Taxi operators were invited to these sessions to receive their opinions and work on them.
 
6- regarding the operating aspect, the ministry granted two licenses for operating taxi services in some of the vital regions in The governorate of Muscat.The first was granted to (Mwasalat Taxi) to include operating the service in (MCT airport &Malls). The second was granted to (Marhaba Taxi) to operate the service in (Hotels and Sultan Qaboos port).Both companies also will be able to offer on demand services.
 
The ministry granted to license for managing the service, not a license for practicing the job of taxi driver directly, in order not to harm the current owners of orange taxis. the licscenced companies  must use the license for practicing the taxi driver  job which is held by the current owners , in order to operate their services. This will let the two companies aim to develop the current status  when it comes the technological systems, meters, vehicle readiness (brand painting) ,reservations, training ,operation safety and security as well granting drivers participating in the operations of the two companies  the best offers in buying,reparing and car insurance for their vehicles  ,health insurance  and other benefits. For the companies to be able to offer such benefits, they will take a percentage from the revenues of operating the service and agreement with the taxi owner by taking half the revenues when placing Adverts on the body of Taxi vehicles if there are any.
 
7-Orange Taxis will not be allowed to offer their services in the locations assigned to the two companies, as well offering on demand service, unless they are working under the licensed companies. The ministry urges all old Taxi owners operating near hotels and Sultan Qaboos port, to join Marhaba taxi and those operating in airport and Malls to join Mwasalat taxi. If they do not desire to join, then the two companies have the right to announce an invitation to join the company, addressed to any Omani citizens owning a taxi car, in order to enable to use of their licenses.
 
8-As for the Taxi vehicles operating in other location except for the one specified for the two companies, the nature of their operation will stay as it is until they comply with the regulations that the ministry of transport and communications is going to release soon. The ministry is currently reviewing the proposals for installing meters on all Taxis, as seen in a number of GCC countries and internationally.
 
9-Taxi sector is one of the promising sectors and without a doubt it will contribute greatly in developing various sectors, most noted is the Tourism sector. It will also generate job opportunities  for the citizens  and the employment of technology and the ideal management  will amplify the benefits for the Taxi vehicles owners, for example the demand for service will reach the owner through smart apps instead of driving his vehicles looking for customers or wait for a long time looking for one.
 
The ministry of transport and communications, in conclusion to this release, ensures that the development of any sector in Oman will not succeed unless the efforts of all become one to reach top economic and development aims, which will without a doubt ensure maximum benefit for all.