RTA has increased the number of passengers in taxis. Now, a child below 15 can also travel with two adults. Photo for illustrative purpose only. Image Credit: Gulf News/archive

Dubai: The number of passengers allowed in regular taxis in Dubai has been increased to three, if the third passenger is a child, up to 14 years old, of the passenger, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) tweeted on Saturday.

Also, due to precautions for COVID-19, the passenger seat next to the taxi driver must remain empty. “If you commute in taxis, you can now accompany your child (up to 14 years old) as a third passenger in the vehicle without using the seat next to the driver. The number of authorised passengers in the three-row family vehicle (Van) remains 4, as a maximum, until further notice,” the RTA tweeted.

In September, Dubai taxi vans were allowed to take a total four passengers if the travel is booked via Hala, the joint venture ride-hailing app between RTA and Careem. Each of the two rows of seats for passengers in the vans is allowed to take two passengers (a total of four for both rows) to maintain social distancing. The front row where the driver also sits has to be left empty. The price for the taxi van service is the same as the price for a regular taxi.

Previously, all taxi travel had been restricted to two passengers per vehicle because of the precautions.