In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued Law No. (9) of 2016 replacing Dubai Transport Corporation with Dubai Taxi Corporation.
Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has also issued Executive Council Resolution No. (48) of 2016, which stipulates that Dubai Taxi Corporation is a public institution enjoying a legal status and capacity, as well as financial and administrative autonomy. The resolution also specifies the share capital of the corporation as being set at Dh100 million, which can be increased by a decision of Road and Transport Authority’s Board of Directors.
An integrated transport system
WAM reports that the new resolution aims to enable the corporation to develop an integrated transport system offering light vehicles (taxis) and specialised transportation within and outside the country, as well as provide the highest international standards in road transport for passengers and goods. The resolution also aims to involve the private sector in providing passenger transport services and encourage investment in this area.
The resolution also outlines the mandate of Dubai Taxi Corporation, which includes developing the passenger transport sector, in line with the strategies of the Emirate of Dubai, and conducting the necessary studies to design, construct, operate and maintain its transportation system.
The new resolution authorises the corporation to own, use and rent land, properties and equipment to conduct its activities and reach its goals. It also authorises it to own and rent maintenance workshops; establish its petrol stations to service its vehicles; access credit and loans required for its operations; and provide all necessary guarantees, in line with existing legislation.
Signing franchising agreements
Furthermore, according to WAM, the new resolution enables the corporation to sign franchising agreements; transport management contracts; and operation and maintenance contracts with specialised agencies, both within and outside the UAE; in addition to providing consultancy and exchanging expertise with these organisations.
Following the issuance of the new resolution, Executive Council Resolution No. (20) of 2007 establishing Dubai Taxi Corporation, as well as any other legislation that contradicts the provisions of the new resolution, are considered null and void. Both the law and resolution are valid from the date of issuance and will be published in the Official Gazette.
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