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Pay by Nol or credit cards on Dubai taxis

New payment modes will be introduced from April

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 22:29 February 6, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News
  • People will be able to use Nol and credit cards to make payments for taxis from April. Taxi meters have been upgraded for hassle-free payment of fares.
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Dubai: Payment of taxi fares will become hassle free in the next couple of months as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) enables Nol card and credit card payments, Gulf News has learnt.

A senior RTA official told Gulf News that all taxis have been upgraded already and the new payment modes will be introduced by April.

“We have already upgraded taxi meters and conducted tests, which have been very successful, so we will go with the launch by beginning of quarter 2 of this year,” said Eisa Abdul Rahman Al Dossri, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency (PTA).

The new payment mode will accept all Nol cards, including Silver, Gold, as well as personalised Nol cards. However, the red tickets issued for buses and metro will not be allowed on taxis.

According to Dossari, the additional payment options will help people greatly. “It will save people from the headache of keeping change as on many occasions the taxi drivers don’t have change and customers have to go out looking for change. Nol and credit card payment options will add to people’s convenience,” said Dossari.

The project is part of the recently introduced D8 system for taxis, which makes sure various functionalities could be added to taxi meters.

“The Dispatcher 8 (D8) has allowed RTA to implement many new functionalities and because of flexibility of the system, we are able to offer many different features to the customer and enhance our operational effectiveness,” said Dossari.

He added that apart from Nol, both Visa and MasterCards could be used for payment in taxis, which is already the case on Water taxis. “The system will work with all types of cards supported by our payment provider namely Network International,” he said.

Explaining the process of payment, Dossari said that unlike in buses and metro, commuters won’t have to tap on the Nol reader as they get in.

“The taxis will run normally. At the end of the journey, the driver will provide payment options to the customer. i.e. cash, credit card or NoL. In case the passenger would use NoL card the driver will tag the card on reader and it will deduct the value from the NoL card. In case of credit card, the process will be similar to what it is currently available in retail outlets,” he said.

Fact Box

Minimum fare

 

Regular taxis within Dubai – Dh10

Regular taxis going out of Dubai – Dh20

Airport and Port Rashid – Dh20

 

Day time – 6am to 10pm

Starting fare:

Flagged from road - Dh3

Pre-booked taxis – Dh6

 

Night time – 10pm to 6am

Starting fare:

From road – Dh3.5

Pre-booked – Dh7

 

Meter run - Dh1.6 per kilometre

Waiting charges Dh0.50 per minute and Dh30 per hour.

 

Long term rental

6 hours – Dh300

12 hours - Dh500

Comments (8)

  1. Added 15:48 February 7, 2013

    LATE BUT REALLY GOOD DECISION BY RTA ,MAY ALLAH BLESS THEM

    Sohail Aslam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:59 February 7, 2013

    This indeed is good way of transport where people might not have carried much cash or the distance they expected to reach with money in their pocket may have exceeded the meter rate. However, I suggest first not to allow any credit cards bcoz of the fact that anybody can use someone else credit card & just show off that he/she is the real owner of the credit card & signs on the payslip or receipt can be faked & ultimately when it reaches to bank for verification they cannot match it on their system. In this case driver or RTA would loose the fare. But this will not happen in Nol cards because the amount is already in & no matter whose card it is still the amount is received for the fare.

    Khalid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:47 February 7, 2013

    thats soo great .. i allways have to make a detour to stop at the petrol station to withdraw money, this way its a lot easier

    Anna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:50 February 7, 2013

    Late but good decision by RTA... finally no hassle with having to get change!

    Sheraz Tarar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:58 February 7, 2013

    This should have been done 5 years ago.

    NJ, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:30 February 7, 2013

    This will be a good system. Now just teach the guys to drive with some courtesy and we will all be happy.

    David, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 09:58 February 7, 2013

    I will definitely take advantage and pray for the system.

    Ajay, Bakshi, Australia

  8. Added 09:34 February 7, 2013

    This is what I was waiting for. No trouble to make change to give taxi drivers. Sometimes I travel to supermarkets to give them change. Now I am really happy with this new system. I love you Dubai.

    M.Wasim, Dubai, India

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