Monday, February 05, 2007

Executive taxi fleet to hit the streets

From March 1, a new fleet of executive taxis will be plying the streets here.

“These taxis are not meant to compete with existing budget taxis, but to complement them,” Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin said after launching the Pempena Executive Taxi Service yesterday. Also present at the launch was Tourism Minister Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

A total of 100 executive taxis will be available in three models – Mercedes E-200, Mercedes Vito and Naza Ria MPV – but they can only be booked via telephone.

They will operate at tourist destinations around the city, shopping malls and selected five-star hotels in the peninsula.

Charges for the executive taxis are RM6 for the first km, 20 sen for every subsequent 100m, and 20 sen for every 21 seconds when the vehicle is stationary.

Khaled said that Pempena drivers, who are called tour assistants, are full-time employees of Pempena Executive Taxi Service Sdn Bhd.

They have been given two weeks' training on tourism and discipline.

Source : STAR
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