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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1588

Sri Lanka Nano Cabs launches taxi service

By J.A. Fernando in Colombo
Colombo, 11 June, (

Sri Lanka’s Nano Cabs (Pvt) Ltd launched the 24 hour nano cab taxi service with a fleet of 25 cabs to provide reliable convenient and affordable taxi service to the public recently.

“With tourism booming, the demand for cabs has been rising in the country. We are committed to offer quality transport service for visitors adhering to international cab services standards,” Sumathipala said adding Nano Cabs is on the look out to expand the present fleet up to 200 cabs before the end of this year.

At present, the company has managed to purchase 200 cabs with a total investment of Rs 300 million and second batch of the cabs will be released to the road once the requirement of enough drivers are fulfilled.

At the initial stage, Nano cabs service will be confined to Colombo citizens and will expand its service island wide later. All Nano cars will have state of art vehicle tracing system with video monitoring facility. All cars will have with latest navigation system with total GPRS two way communication capacity.

Passengers will also be entitled to pay the destination fees through credit cards.

In addition, Nano cabs will provide a personal accident benefit cover of Rs 250,000 per passenger.

All the 25 cabs that will offer services from tomorrow within in the Colombo city limits are equipped with taxi meters, GPS tracking systems and credit card readers.

The fare starts from Rs.50 a kilometer for the first five kilometers and falls thereafter. After 10 kilometers the price falls to a little over Rs.30.

Speaking at the launch of the new taxi service Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said, “The introduction of the new taxi service tackled some of the key issues in the country’s transport sector, providing the public with a high quality product at a time when every rupee counts”.

- Asian Tribune -

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