KUALA LUMPUR - More than 7,500 "elegant brown" Proton Exora taxis will be hitting Malaysian streets by 2015, replacing all other models as the nation's new taxis.
"We are keeping the same number (of taxis) or may even shrink the number. But out of the total, it will be 7,500 Proton Exoras," Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal said.
He said that 200 Exora taxis were expected to be on roads here by the end of the month.
"By the first quarter of next year, a total of 1,000 of them will be in Penang, Johor Baru and here," he said after launching the first 50 Exoras under the Teksi 1Malaysia scheme at Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal yesterday.
Mohd Nur said SPAD was still mulling over whether or not to replace all other taxis in the country with the brown Exora, though it would certainly be the case for city taxis.
The Proton Exora 1.6 MPV will take over as the nationwide standard, replacing all other models in an industry that has seen at least a dozen different taxi colours and models. The new taxi will have debit and credit card facilities and will gradually replace future budget, premier and executive-class taxis.
Fares for the new Exora will start at RM3 (S$1.20) , except for Penang island, which will start at RM4.
Exora prices will also start from RM61,999 onwards for petrol models and RM64,999 for natural gas vehicle (NGV) models.
There are about 60,348 taxis in peninsular Malaysia. They are divided into: budget (39,056), premier (170), executive (2,884), airport (2,226) and hired cars (16,012).