Taxi services

New regulations for water taxi services in Oman

Muscat – Following the announcement in February that it will seek to identify possible locations to develop water taxi services in Muscat and Musandam, the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology has issued Ministerial Decision No. 33 /2022 stipulating regulations for water taxis.

Issued by HE Eng Said bin Hamoud bin Said al Ma’awali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, the decision stipulates that each operator must obtain a navigation license from the Maritime Authority before offering services. taxi services. The decision includes several conditions, such as the water taxi unit must not be more than 15 years old and not be registered in another country.

In February, the ministry announced several projects it plans for 2022, including one to develop water taxi services in Muscat and Musandam.

According to the new decision, the owner of the water taxi – at least 12m long – must present a classification certificate as well as a life raft certificate. The owner must also provide a comprehensive insurance policy for the taxi driver and passengers, and provide a display of the taxi route.

Water taxi owners must hire a technically qualified crew authorized to work by the Maritime Authority, heed weather warnings issued by the competent authorities, apply the instructions of the Maritime Authority, provide the best available technology and a site mooring for the boat.

Owners who violate these instructions will be subject to a fine of RO1000. The fine will be doubled in case of recidivism.

The Maritime Authority can also suspend an operator’s license for a period of 30 days or cancel it definitively in the event of a repetition of any infringement provided for by the regulations.

Licenses will be valid for one year and must be renewed within 30 days of expiration. The decision was issued on March 8 and takes effect Monday.