Demand more than doubles for Dubai's smart car rental

First seven months of the year saw more than 377,000 journeys completed
Demand more than doubles for Dubai's smart car rental
By Gavin Gibbon
Mon 26 Aug 2019 01:50 PM

The smart car rental service run by Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has grown by 103 percent in the first seven months of the year.

Statistics reveal that 377,873 journeys were completed during that time compared to 185,501 during the same period last year.

“The sharp growth of smart car rental journeys highlights the appeal of this service to the public as it saves time and effort as well as the hassles of finding a quick transit mode. In fact, the spiralling demand for the service prompted us last year to double the number of vehicles in service from 200 to 400 vehicles,” said Adel Shakri, director of planning and business development, Public Transport Agency, RTA.

Users of Udrive or eKar smart apps can rent cars for up to six hours without human intervention neither at the time of receiving nor at the time of handing-over the vehicle. RTA has designated 45 locations across Dubai, five of them at Rashidiya, Union, Burjuman, Business Bay and Ibn Battuta metro stations.

“The smart rental car has a range of benefits including free fuel from EPPCO and ADNOC petrol stations, free insurance, and free RTA parking. The rental rate is 50 fils per minute when parking the vehicle at the end of use anywhere in Dubai, and 40 fils per minute when returning the vehicle to the same starting point of the journey,” explained Shakri.

UAE residents need to sign up for the two apps to avail the service. Signing up requires details of Emirates ID, driving license, credit card, and a personal photograph. The applicant has to carry Emirates ID for verification. Visitors need to enter details of passport, entry visa, driving license and credit card.

To start the vehicle, the renter is required to key-in the Personal Identification Number (PIN) in the device fitted to the vehicle. The client needs to sign-off the service and lock-up the vehicle through the app. The bill is forwarded to the user online.

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