Mowasalat, Al Ijarah and Al Million officials at the press conference yesterday.
DOHA: Qatar will soon have 350 new taxis on the roads, being launched by private operators Al Ijarah and Al Million.
By the end of the year, 4,000 Karwa taxis will be operating in Qatar, Mowasalat said yesterday.
Al Ijarah will add 200 taxis to its fleet of 800 and Al Million will have an additional 150 cabs, taking their number to 800. The new taxis are expected to be on the roads by November.
Mowasalat yesterday signed contracts with both companies, granting them permission to increase their fleet.
Al Ijarah and Al Million run the blue-roofed and maroon-roofed Karwa taxis, respectively, on a franchise basis.
Nasser Al Khanji, Mowasalat’s Exeutive Director for Support Services, told a press conference yesterday, “We are determined to meet the growing demand by gradually increasing taxi services to reach every customer in need.
“Karwa has created Taxi Management Office to fulfil all matters related to quality assurance and quality control for taxi operators, including Karwa taxis, and focus on customer service delivery as the taxi operator and authority.”
The office is developing unified standards and regulations for the taxi service.
“Soon we will meet officials of the two companies to discuss issues related to the service to know their problems and get their suggestions and feedback,” All Khanji told this daily later.
Hamad Sherif Al Emadi, CEO, Alijarah Holding, said the service is run by Alijarah Limousine, a subsidiary which has the potential and resources to run and operate taxis with high efficiency.
Abdul Kader Mydeen, Managing Director, Al Million Group, said new taxis will be on the roads from November 1.