Passengers can soon pay their cab fares using their Nol cards, the Roads and Transport Authority said on Monday.
Abdullah Al Madani, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporate Technical Support Services Sector at the authority, said the new payment system using existing Nol cards will be launched next January.
Al Madani said the unified Nol card is considered one of the most secure cards due to its high-tech and multiple features and managed to win the Best Prepaid Card in the Middle East Award in 2012, as part of Middle East Award for Smart Cards, which is the only specialised programme in the region for banks, payment systems and smart cards, in which banks and financial institutions in the region competed.
He said that the total number of Nol cards produced since the operation of the Dubai Metro in September 2009 reached nearly five million, which are being sold and recharged through more than 1,000 outlets, while the number of daily operations for the Nol card is estimated at more than 1.5 million, including the entry and exit of passengers from metro stations, buses, payment of parking fares and card recharge.
It was necessary to work on the use of these cards in the important means of transport, which include Dubai Taxi, and through Nol cards that are recharged while balance will be withdrawn very easily through the taxi meter which withdraws the required balance when a person reaches his destination.
The CEO of the Corporate Technical Support Services Sector stated that the authority, in cooperation with Emirates National Bank, launched the Combi Card last year — the first of its kind in the Middle East that combines the advantages of both bank credit cards and Nol card, which allows holders to pay by credit card and smart card-enabled payment without touching, as well as the possibility to use different public transport, including Dubai Taxi beginning next year.
Dr Yousef Al Ali, Acting CEO of the RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said the authority seeks to develop its technical services in line with the requirements of the customers, whether from within or outside the state, “especially since Dubai is a tourist destination, the first in the region which urged us to develop techniques that provide transport users with comfort and ease at the same time”.