Easy Taxi reduces taxi roaming time by 20%

Updated 20 December 2014
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Easy Taxi reduces taxi roaming time by 20%

In a new development, the Ministry of Transport has made it mandatory for taxi firms to install communication and tracking systems in their vehicles in order to reduce and eventually put an end to cabs roaming the streets, saying that the new system will increase taxi drivers’ efficiency by 20 percent.
Taxi operators have to rely on modern technology as a solution to adopt the new system. Mahmoud Fouz, CEO of Easy Taxi Middle East said, using the Easy Taxi app ensures that a customer avails of the services in a timely manner, eliminating the roaming time of taxis on the roads.
According to him, Easy Taxi, the global taxi e-hailing service, increases efficiency of taxi drivers by 20 percent by reducing taxi roaming time in the streets when customers order taxis using the application.
He said this will ensure better working conditions for their drivers as they will not incur losses or get caught in heavy traffic while searching for customers.
“Easy Taxi prides itself on connecting passengers and drivers in a convenient, easy and safe manner. The user experience is paramount for us,” he said, adding that the app allows customers to order a taxi to their location and track its progress, eliminating the long waiting time which currently accompanies the search for a taxi.
He continued: “This in turn helps drivers find fares more efficiently, cutting their need to hunt down a potential customer. There will also be fewer taxis on the roads which will lead to fewer traffic problems.”
The law gives drivers 45 days to install the systems, after which taxi cabs will only be available on-call. “If all taxis and companies followed suit and enforced tracking systems, we would cater to the demand in a very efficient manner and 20 percent fewer taxis would be needed to fulfill this demand,” Fouz added.
The app, which is freely downloadable, tracks a customer’s location. The customer just taps “Call Taxi” and there will be a vehicle available on his doorstep.
It is quite safe as all taxi drivers are registered with the system and the passenger can see the driver’s name and picture on his phone before he takes the taxi.


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

Updated 21 May 2019
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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.