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Taxis on the way

The greatest challenge at the moment in providing taxi services in the MSAR, is having an insurance company to underwrite the taxis, the Chairman of Macau Radio Taxi Services Limited (MRTS) Cheong Chi Man said yesterday, after a demonstration of their handicap accessible taxis. “The insurance company declined to underwrite our vehicles because taxis are […]

The greatest challenge at the moment in providing taxi services in the MSAR, is having an insurance company to underwrite the taxis, the Chairman of Macau Radio Taxi Services Limited (MRTS) Cheong Chi Man said yesterday, after a demonstration of their handicap accessible taxis.
“The insurance company declined to underwrite our vehicles because taxis are risky for them,” Mr. Cheong said, adding that the company might need to approach the Monetary Authority (AMCM) to co-ordinate with the three insurance companies to jointly underwrite the taxis.
The MRTS won the bid for the city’s ‘special taxi licence’ last September.
The license, valid for eight years, entitles the company to run 100 special taxis in the city.
The Chairman also revealed yesterday that they are currently undergoing procedures with the city’s Transport Bureau and tax-related matters with the Macao Economic Services (DSE).
The special taxi services will start operations this April 1, with the first batch of 50 special taxis available on the roads within the first half of the year.
Five of these taxis will be handicap accessible.
The Chairman stated that the other batch of 50 taxis will be ready by May, noting that MRTS will evaluate and review the business before introducing the second batch.
He affirmed that further announcements will be made regarding the second round.
Meanwhile, a passenger surnamed Wu – who took a test ride yesterday – expressed his hope that the city will introduce more handicap accessible vehicles since there are over 1,000 individuals with disabilities living in the city.
The five barrier-free taxis use both electricity and petrol to power them.
The rear door of the taxis is equipped with a boarding ramp, and the taxi itself contains anti-skid handrails, a non-slip carpet, free Wifi network and chargers.
The special taxis can only be hailed by telephone, online order or through a mobile phone application.

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