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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs  29 December 2014  

Express to recondition 500 taxis next year

Publicly listed taxi operator PT Express Trasindo Utama Tbk (TAXI) plans to recondition 500 taxis next year to improve its services.

“We plan to recondition 500 [sedan] taxi units and convert them into MPV [multipurpose vehicles]. We have been operating MPVs as taxis in some places such as Central Java and Padang [West Sumatra],” TAXI financial director David Wijayanto said as quoted by on Friday.

The company decided to change its sedan taxis into MPV taxis after the Jakarta city administration allowed taxi operators to operate MPVs in the capital.

He said that the company had allotted Rp 100 billion (US$8.01 million) funds for the fleet reconditioning plan next year.

Separately, Reliance Securities analyst Pieter Djatmiko said that the vehicle switch would not significantly affect the performance of TAXI.

Pieter also predicted that the firm next year would not expand its businesses as aggressively as in previous years.

The company operates 11,000 taxis under Express, Eagle and Tiara Express taxi brands with 8,000 of them in the Greater Jakarta area. It employs 24,000 drivers, of which 16,000 work around Jakarta.

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