Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port, car ren­tal ser­vices and Karwa taxis have been hit hard by il­le­gal cabs op­er­at­ing through­out the coun­try.

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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.

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