Passenger Car and Taxi Safety: How Reacton Can Keep You Safe

Paul Smith
October 23, 2023

Enhancing Passenger Car Safety in Taxis

Exploring Fire Suppression Systems from A Different Angle 

When it comes to passenger car safety, one crucial aspect that often goes unnoticed is the risk of fires. At present, although vehicles have become more technically advanced, almost none come with built-in fire detection or suppression systems. That is why, the installation of fire suppression systems in passenger cars has been gaining increased attention as a reliable and effective solution against fires. 

According to the national statistics recently published on GOV.UK website, “In the year ending March 2023, there were 19,135 road vehicle fires. This number has increased by 4.1% compared with the previous year (18,382)”. Additionally, “road vehicle fires accounted for 29% of primary fires and 11% of total fires in the year ending March 2023” in the UK.  Source: 

Moreover, as per Gitnux Statistics, 1 in 8 fires attended by US fire departments annually are vehicle fires. And in 2018, vehicle fires were responsible for 13% of all fire-related deaths in the US. While in the UK, Gitnux car fire statistics show that in 2018-2019, there were approximately 15,200 car fires accounting for 57% of all vehicle fires. As a result, the concern about fire incidents in passenger cars has been recently growing. Source: 

Today, we will explore the importance of fire suppression systems in enhancing passenger car safety in taxis, and we will be using the taxi industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as an example of good practice.

The growing concern about fires in passenger cars

As previously mentioned, while modern vehicles are now equipped with advanced electrical systems, complex engines, and various flammable materials, they are still lacking in fire detection/suppression systems. Needless to say, the consequences of a car fire can be catastrophic, ranging from injury or loss of life to extensive car damage. 

The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) decided to address the risk and help make the bustling streets of UAE safer for those using taxis, which act as a convenient mode of transport for residents and tourists alike. In fact, with the increased vehicle density and more potential risks on the road, it is crucial that we ask ourselves: Are we really paying sufficient attention to taxi safety in our cities?

According to the Arabian Business website, the “Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) has announced that taxis and buses in the city have been equipped with automated engine fire suppression equipment. The initiative was implemented to ensure the highest safety and security standards. So far, the equipment has been installed in 4,459 taxis and 953 school buses, work is currently ongoing to install the safety equipment in all buses and taxis across the emirate. The fire suppressor will not require intervention from the driver and comes with monthly and annual maintenance plans.” 

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The need for fire suppression systems

Fire suppression systems play a vital role in overcoming risks associated with car fires. These systems are designed to detect fires in their early stages and suppress them, preventing further damage and allowing passengers to exit the vehicle safely. That’s why, by installing fire suppression systems in passenger cars, manufacturers, fleet operators, and individual car owners can significantly enhance safety and protect their valuable assets.

In the UAE, taxi operating companies rely on Reacton Fire Suppression systems to combat fire hazards effectively. In this article, we’ll explore how Reacton's innovative fire suppression technology is revolutionising taxi safety, thus ensuring a safer journey and safer roads for everyone.


Understanding Fire Hazards in Passenger Cars

Common causes of fires in vehicles

Fires in passenger cars can be caused by various factors, including electrical malfunctions, fuel leaks, engine overheating, or simply human error. Electrical faults, such as short circuits, can ignite flammable materials present in the vehicle's interior, while fuel leaks and engine malfunctions can lead to rapid and uncontrollable fires. In some cases, infrequent or improper maintenance, negligence, or external factors like accidents can also contribute to fire incidents.

Potential risks and consequences

The risks and consequences of car fires are significant. Beyond the immediate danger to passengers, a fire can quickly spread and engulf the entire vehicle, posing threats to passengers and nearby vehicles. Therefore, it is crucial to address these risks by implementing effective fire suppression systems, like those provided by Reacton.


Taxi Fire suppression


Why choose Reacton Fire Suppression?

Reacton Fire Suppression provides reliable, state-of-the-art fire suppression systems, specially designed to tackle vehicle fire emergencies swiftly and effectively, in order to help optimise car passenger safety.

Our Fire suppression systems for passenger cars are designed to detect fires and suppress them before they escalate. When a fire is detected, the system activates and releases suppression agents, effectively extinguishing the flames before they cause any serious damage.

Our range of fire suppression systems have been approved and certified for their high performance and exceptional quality by third-party accrediting bodies.

Our certifications include:

  • UL 2166
  • AS 5062:2016
  • P-MARK SPCR 183
  • P-MARK SPCR 199
  • UNECE Regulation 107
  • ISO 9001:2015
  • CE Mark
  • LPCB LPS 1666
  • UAE S 5041_2021 (Pending)

Benefits of Installing Reacton Fire Suppression Systems for Taxis

  • Rapid Fire Detection and Response: Reacton employs state-of-the-art fire suppression systems that quickly detect flames or overheating within the taxi's engine compartment.  Upon detection, quick action is taken before a fire can escalate. 

  • Automatic Activation: Our fire suppression system operates automatically, eliminating the need for human intervention during an emergency. 

  • Minimal Residue: The suppressant agent leaves minimal residue, reducing cleanup efforts and helping taxis to get back on the road in no time. 

  • Non-Toxic and Environmentally Friendly: Additionally, Reacton Fire Suppression Agents are environmentally friendly, leaving no harmful by-products after deployment, which promotes sustainability in the transportation sector. 

  • Cost-Effective: By minimising damage caused by fires, taxi companies can reduce repair costs by employing Reaction Fire Suppression Systems for taxi safety.

  • Easy Installation and Maintenance: Reacton's systems are designed for seamless integration into existing taxi fleets. The installation process is quick and hassle-free, which minimises downtime for the vehicles.
Taxi fire suppression



Peace of Mind for Taxi Operators

By implementing Reacton's fire suppression systems, taxi operators can rest assured that their fleet is protected against all the risks associated with fires. The enhanced safety systems for taxis not only safeguard the lives of passengers, but also protect valuable assets and reduce potential financial losses resulting from fire incidents.


Choosing the Right Fire Suppression Provider

When selecting a fire suppression provider, taxi companies should consider factors such as experience, reputation, and customer support. Partnering with a reputable supplier, like Reacton Fire Suppression, ensures seamless installation, regular maintenance, and prompt assistance. 



Enhancing passenger car safety should be a top priority for vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators, and individual car owners. Addressing the risk of fires through the installation of fire suppression systems is a crucial step in ensuring the well-being of passengers and protecting valuable assets. By implementing Reacton’s reliable and effective fire suppression systems, the potential for injury, loss of life, and vehicle damage can be remarkably reduced.

To sum up, with the increasing demand for taxi services in the UAE, the risks associated with car fires continue to evolve, which is why it is imperative to take proactive measures to protect the safety of passengers and drivers. Reacton Fire Suppression offers innovative and reliable solutions that provide efficient, automatic fire suppression systems that mitigate fire incidents while meeting the rigorous safety standards of the UAE.

By installing Reacton Fire Suppression systems, taxi companies not only demonstrate their commitment to safety onboard their taxi fleets but also uphold the UAE's great reputation for best practices in transportation services. 

Our dedication to achieve the highest standard of certification gives you the confidence and trust you need in a Fire Suppression System. 

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For more information on Reacton Fire Suppression products, please get in touch with the team by emailing or call us on + 44 (0)800 0306526 (UK Office), +1 844 7322866 (USA Office) or +971 56 759 9490 (UAE Office)

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