Mwasalat set to launch Muscat taxi services

The wait for efficient and regulated taxi services in Muscat seems to be finally coming to an end with Mwasalat expected to announce the details of the launch in the coming days.
The company said while announcing the official twitter account for its much-awaited cab services in Oman. “We will make your journey convenient and easier,” the company said.
Speaking to the Observer during a recent press conference, Ahmed bin Ali al Bulushi, CEO,  said, “We would launch the taxi services hopefully be launched by the year-end, including operations at the airport.”
In October, Mwasalat named Mobbashir Abdulmajeed al Balushi as general manager of taxi service .
The company in a statement said Mobbashir has over 25 years of experience in management, marketing and business development.
Mwasalat was one of the two companies who were granted licenses to manage the taxi services through the existing taxi drivers and workers.
The ministry said, “The agreements call for offering taxi services through the existing owners by organizing the sector and thereby maximizing the beneficiaries’ income.”
The license provided to Mwasalat included the management of the taxis operating at Muscat International Airport, commercial centres and malls in Muscat, in addition to providing taxi-on- demand in the capital.
The taxi management company will fix a meter in each vehicle to calculate the fares. The meter will be calibrated every six months by the authorized dealer and the driver should keep the calibration certificate inside the vehicle. The ministry will issue an operation card for each vehicle, in the colour approved by the Ministry. Drivers are required to maintain the card inside the vehicle.
Apart from having a proper tracking system, passengers should be offered all information with regards to vehicle card number, plate number, name of the company, driver, contact details of the company and pocket guides for tourists.
Drivers should not carry more than prescribed passengers for each vehicle and will be required to maintain a level of cleanliness both inside and outside the vehicle.
The companies will have to follow the design for taxis put forward by the ministry and the life span for each vehicle should be not more than five years old, with a possible two-year extension following a technical inspection.
Owners of the vehicles will be allowed to advertisements on their vehicles, which will help them to maximize their direct income.