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Mobility is one of key challenges faced by cities around the world. The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014. It is estimated that 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas and expected to increase to 66% by 2050. With increasing population, the demand for mobility will also grow. It is important to build efficient and sustainable urban mobility. However, it is difficult to fulfil

There is a lot of interest in the transportation industry to provide new options for the city dwellers and new ways of reducing costs. Successful cities depend on efficient public transport working in conjunction with other sustainable travel options. Taxi services are an individual, mostly door-to-door micro transit service, offered to the public predominantly at a local level. It is important that taxis are seen to complement and reinforce public transport services rather than compete with them and this partnership allows reduced car-ownership. Taxis play an invaluable role in improving customer services and the competitiveness of the sector.

Taxi market is growing around the world and with the technology innovation; the sector is attracting lots of investment from private players. Indian Taxi market is largely unorganized and controlled by Single Vehicle Owner (SVO). As per current estimate, only 8-10% market is organized in India. Accordingly to latest Road Year 2011-12, there are around 2.3 million taxis are in India. This was largely because both policy makers always assumed that taxi is person oriented business and issue permits (license) to people to operate vehicles.

UITP Taxi Platform

UITP has created a Taxi Platform consists of taxi authorities, operators, academics and industry companies and serves as a forum for contacts, knowledge exchanges and professional discussions amongst UITP members interested in new developments and prospects for taxi transport worldwide.

Investment in Transportation Sector

With rapid economic growth, the demand for mobility is increasing in India. Owing to absence of good public transport, the demands of private vehicles are increasing. The cities are facing problem of air pollution and traffic congestion, which is attracting innovative solutions to provide mobility to people at affordable cost.

Mobility and transportation is emerging as favourite industry for VC/PE firms. The taxi services segment has witnessed fund inflows from investors in last 2-3 years. It is estimated that around US$1 billion has been raised so far different transport companies in last one decade, of which US$690 million is raised by taxi aggregators in last 2 years only. There is big interest from investors to invest in the transportation sector.


MERU and UITP are together organizing the event and cordially invite the delegates to the “UITP Seminar on Taxi Transportation: Technologies, Trends and Role of Taxis in Urban Mobility” which will be held in conjunction with “UITP Taxi Working Platform Meeting” hosted by PAHT in Mumbai, India on 4-5 November 2015. MERU, PAHT and UITP are delighted to welcome the delegates to the event.


UITP Taxi Platform Meeting Programme


November 4, 2015 (Wednesday) - Members Only

12.30 – 13.30

Networking Lunch

13.30 – 17.30

Taxi Working Platform Meeting

(only for representatives of UITP Members)


UITP Taxi Seminar Programme


November 5, 2015 (Thursday)

08.30 – 09.30


09.30 – 10.30

Inauguration and Opening Session

·     Opening Remarks: DC Prakash, Head, UITP India Regional Office

·     Welcome Address: Neeraj Gupta, Founder, Meru Cabs, Mumbai, India

·     Address:  Abdulla Sultan Al Sabbagh, Executive Director, CARS Taxi, Dubai, UAE

·     Inauguration: By Invited VVIP

·     Key Note Address: By Invited VVIP

·     Vote of Thanks: by Meru

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break and Networking

11.00 – 12.30

Session I – Organisation and Regulation in Taxi Transportation

Taxi regulation is being revamped globally with the emergence of new business models. India is going through the same phase and Ministry of Road Transport has issued new guidelines. This session will highlight the different type of regulatory framework for taxi transportation. 

Chair: Abdulla Sultan Al Sabbagh, Chairman of UITP Taxi Platform

Results of Taxi Global Benchmark Study 2015

- Kaan Yildizgoz, Director – Training and Taxi Platform, UITP, Belgium

Taxi Regulation in India - Advisory for licensing of on-demand IT based Transport Aggregator

- Mrs. Irene Cherian, Deputy Secretary (MVL), MoRTH, GoI (TBC)

Organisation and Regulation of Taxi Transport in Abu  Dhabi

- Obaid Al Mesmari - Director of Finance, Transad, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Regulation and Organisation of Taxi Transport in Karnataka

- H.G. Kumar, Additional Commissioner for Transport & Secretary, KSTA, Govt. of Karnataka, Bengaluru

Fare Determines Taxi Behaviour

- Dr. P Mahalingam, Head, PAHT, Chennai, India

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch Break and Networking

13.30 – 15.00

Session II: Role of Taxi Transportation and Latest Trends in the sector

Taxis are becoming integral part of transport system in cities. The session will highlight the role of Taxi transportation in India, Importance of Combined Mobility as Integrated transport and Investors perspective for the investment in Taxi Sector. Further, UITP Taxi Platform will share the result of Taxi Benchmark Study - Worldwide Panorama of Taxi Transportation: Key Players, Figures and Trends.

Chair: Dr. P Mahalingam, Head, PAHT, Chennai, India

How Taxi Sector is changing the life of Drivers – Next Big Opportunity

- Sunil K Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council

Building Mobility for a Billion Indians

- Anand Subramanian, Sr Director of Marketing Communications, ANI Technologies (Ola)

Rickshaw Rising - Role for Entrepreneurs in Sustainable Transport

- Madhav Pai, Director, World Resource Institute, Mumbai, India

Urban Mobility in the Smart Cities of tomorrow

- Akshay BD, Government Relations, Uber India

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee Break and Networking

15.30 – 17.00

Session III: Revolution in Taxi Industry: Apps & Technology, new Business Models

The emergence of new technology players has helped to reshape the Taxi market around the world. In India, the market has witnessed an exponential growth in last 3-4 years. With increasing penetration of smart phone, it is expected the growth will continue. The session will bring all key players on the single platform and provides an opportunity to understand the business models.

Chair: Kaan Yildizgoz, Director – Training and Taxi Platform, UITP, Belgium

GrabTaxi's Social Impact and Smart Policies to Support It

- Deevya Desai, Regional Policy and Research Manager, Grabtaxi Pte. Ltd.

Innovation for Better Taxi Services

Ajith Stephen, General Manager, CARS Taxi, Qatar

Using Technology for efficient Taxi Operations in Tehran

- Reza Ghazi Dizaji, Deputy of Planning and Development of Tehran Taxi Organization, Tehran, Iran

Latest Trends in the Indian Para-Transit Ecosystem – Promoting Sustainability in Urban Transit by Enhancing Last Mile Connectivity

- Karanvir Singh, CEO, TeleRickshaw

17.00 – 17.30

Closing and Valedictory Session

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Registration to the Seminar on UITP Seminar on Taxi Transportation: Technologies, Trends and Role of Taxis in Urban Mobility is open to UITP members and non-members. Please send the enclosed registration form duly filled-in by post or fax or by e-mail D. C. Prakash, Head, UITP India Regional Office, Bangalore. The last date for registration is 15th October 2015.

The following fee is applicable for the participants of the Seminar and the payment should be made in INR by Indian delegates through DD addressing and by Euro by Overseas delegates




Delegates from India

INR 4000

INR 6000

International Delegates

250 Euros

400 Euros


Registration Form - UITP Seminar Taxi Transportation

Practical information: 

Payment Procedure

  • All the domestic delegates can make the registration fee payment through DD drawn in favor of “Liaison Officer, UITP India Office” Payable at Bangalore.
  • All bank charges are to be borne by the delegates.

UITP India Liaison Office, Bangalore

Bank Account: Syndicate Bank

Account No.: 04881010001420


IFSC Code: SYNB0000488

  • The registration fee payment by the overseas delegates may be made through bank transfer to the following accounts.
  • All bank charges are to be borne by the delegates.

UITP Bank Account Reference


Montagne du Parc, 3

B-1000 Brussels-Belgium

Account: 210-0117353-35


IBAN: BE 57210011735335

Terms and Conditions

  • Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of your registration form.
  • Deadline for registration is 15th October 2015. After 15th October 2015 delegates will have to register on the spot.
  • Full payment must be made along with the registration or just after the registration but before 15th October 2015.
  • After receipt of the fee, a confirmation letter will be issued to the delegates.
  • Delegates are requested to bring the confirmation letter to the Seminar and present it at the registration counter as a proof of their registration.
  • No registration cancellation applies. A substitute colleague will be accepted provided the organizers receive written notice.
  • Delegates who wish to receive an invitation for their VISA application are requested first to pay the participation fee and send a copy of their passport to the attention of the personnel indicated below. Request for letter of invitations may be sent along with the registration form. Should the delegate not be granted his / her VISA, the participation fee will be reimbursed (less bank charges) on providing a proof from the Embassy or Consulate. This proof is to be sent to the attention of the personnel indicated above.
  • All speakers and topics are correct at the time of printing, Organizers reserve the right to substitute and cancel or alter the contents and timings of the program for reasons beyond their control.
  • Organizers reserve the right to make any amendment to the Seminar details without prior notice.
  • UITP reserves the right to make amendments to the programme or any related activities at its discretion.

Venue Detail


The Lalit Mumbai

Sahar Airport Road

Mumbai – 400059, INDIA

Email: mumresv@thelalit.com

Tel: +91-22-66992222