Two more private firms to operate taxis

January 30, 2014 - 2:59:17 am

DOHA: Two more private companies will soon start operating taxis under the Karwa brand, taking the total number of cabs in the country to an expected 4,000 by the end of this year.

Mowasalat has signed contracts with the Profit Group and Ibin Ajayan Trading Group, to enable the two companies to launch 500 taxis each by the year-end.

The new operators join Al Million and Al Ijarah, two private companies that operate about 650 taxis each on a franchise basis.

Ibin Ajayan is a local transportation company providing diverse services in the sector while the Profit Group has interests in Qatar as well as other GCC countries.

The new franchisees were announced at a press conference at the Mowasalat headquarters yesterday to mark 10 year of service by the state-backed public transport company.

The event was attended by Khaled Al Hail, Chief Executive Officer of Mowasalat, Ahmed Al Mansoori, Executive Director, Operations, Nasser Al Khanji, Executive Director, Support Services, Mohammad Al Ahbabi, Chief Executive Officer of Ibin Ajayan Group, and P Balasubramaniam, group director of Profit Group, among others.

Mowasalat said the new franchisees will operate using latest technology for auto dispatch and a monitoring system under the unified call centre that is being set up for taxis. “This, we hope, will greatly benefit customers and taxi operators to mobilise to busy locations and meet customers’ needs. The Karwa taxi management office is taking stringent measures to intensify quality control,” said the company.

Profit Group is preparing to launch 300 taxis by the end of May and will add another 200 by July. Ibin Ajayan Group will start with 300 taxis in August and add another 200 taxis in three months.

Like maroon-roofed Al Million taxis and blue-roofed Al Ijarah taxis, the new cabs will operate with a distinct colour for the roof.

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