CAR RENTS DOWN BECAUSE OF ILLEGAL TAXIS
According to a recent report, car rental services and Karwa taxis have been hit hard by illegal cabs operating throughout the country.
People are taking advantage of longterm deals offered by small and medium car rental companies by hiring cars for picking up passengers illegally rather than personal use, according to an employee of a car rental company. “As these people hire vehicles on a long-term basis, car rental agencies offer them special discounts, and this has brought the rents of cars below the market rates,” he said.
Another source spoke about the decrease in rents witnessed in the recent months. “Usually an agency charges between QR2,200 and QR2,000 per month for a 1600 cc vehicle like Mitsubishi, Honda, Toyota, etc., but due to illegal taxi operators, the monthly rent has come down to between QR1,600 and QR1,800,” he said. The plight of Karwa taxi drivers is even worse. “I have to pay the company QR210 for 12-hour shifts but I have earned only QR170, and only two hours are left for my shift to end,” says one of the drivers, adding that illegal taxis are also overcharging passengers.