Car rental can be a hassle and expensive; you might only need a car for several hours, but you have to rent it for a day, which is costly and wasteful. The RTA is leading the way in the Middle East, with the launch of the first Pay Per Minute car rental service in Dubai. The new service replaces an older system that was in operation earlier but was terminated nearly ten months ago.
The Road and Transport Authority Dubai is leading the way in the Middle East, with the launch of the first Pay Per Minute car rental service in Dubai. The new service replaces an older system that was in operation earlier but was terminated nearly ten months ago.
Smart Car Rental Service
The new scheme will be called the “Smart Rental Service”, it will allow drivers to make bookings for a car rental using an app on their smartphone or tablet. Each rental can last up to 6 hours and should cost in the regions of 40 to 50 fils per minute, which works out as 24 to 30 Dhs per hour.
The new service will be offered by ekar and UDrive, which will each provide the scheme with 100 vehicles.
To increase the reach of the scheme, you will be able to pick up your vehicle at over 45 locations around the Emirate. The service will have five major hubs in Dubai: Rashidiya, Burjuman, Union and Ibn Battuta Metro stations, and Business Bay.
According to HE Mattar Al Tayer, the Director General of the RTA “The hourly car rental system provides bespoke alternative transit means for public transport riders in Dubai that goes with their needs and requirements, and offers them access to the best global practices of car-sharing of rented vehicles, besides providing highly efficient and cost-effective transit means.”
The RTA stated that one of the main objectives of the scheme was to reduce the congestion on the roads and to provide a cost-effective alternative to owning a car. To further enhance the green credentials of the project, the RTA will also consider using both electric or Hybrid vehicles for the new service.
This new plan is a great addition to the provision of low-cost and efficient transport strategy of the RTA. This plan goes further in cementing the Emirate of Dubai as a world leader in affordable, mass transit options for people around the world.
Hopefully, the scheme will have much more success than the previous program launched by UDrive in March 2016 but was suspended after two weeks, due to technical issues with the per minute payment system.
It is great to see the Emirate coming back with a better and improved pay per the minute car rental service scheme.
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