Oman’s Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has invited private companies to submit technical bids to manage tourist taxis operating at three four and five-star hotels in Muscat and at Port Sultan Qaboos, according to a report by MENAFN.

The ministry hopes that within three months a well-equipped modern taxi fleet will be offering highly improved service to tourists as well as residents. In a latest announcement MoT has urged the private sector to come forward and be part of efforts to improve the public transport system, according to the report.

For taxis to enter the fleet they should meet high standards regarding safety engine and vehicle life. The drivers will have to undergo a training program, according to the report.

The initiative was approved by a committee comprising representatives from MoT Ministry of Transport and Communications ROP Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Muscat Municipality, according to the report.