RTA has just doubled its Smart Car Rental fleet

The service has added 200 cars for commuters to choose from

Have a driver’s license and in need of a ride? Dubai’s car rental service will do the trick, and it now has a lot more cars to choose from.

Due to the services increase in demand The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has added 200 vehicles to its smart car rental fleet, doubling its total number to 400 vehicles.

The service allows commuters to rent through the Udrive or ekar apps either on an hourly basis or by the minute.

With the increase of cars, the range of vehicles includes premium and luxury models, with cars including an Infiniti Q50, MINI, Nissan Tiida and a lot more.

The service costs 50 fils per minute, or Dhs30 per hour for the whole journey. It also has a list of advantages, including free fuel from EPCCO and ADNOC stations, free insurance, and free parking in RTA car parks.

According to RTA, since the service’s launch in October 2017 up to the end of last August 2018, it has made 365,662 trips, clocking in 277,832 renting hours.

“The launch of this service is part of our response to the Smart City initiative of the Dubai Government,” said Director of RTA’s Transportation Systems Adel Shakeri.

“The service entitles users of ‘ekar’ and ‘U drive’ apps to rent the car for six hours without any human involvement in the process of receiving and returning the vehicle.”

There are currently 45 different locations for people to drive in Dubai, with five of them spaced out between Rashidiya, Union, BurJuman, Business Bay and Ibn Battuta metro stations.

To rent out a ride, drivers will first need to register with their Emirates ID, driving license, credit card, and a personal photograph to any of the two apps to use the service. Once you have, all you need to do is jump in the car of you choice, punch in their Personal Identification Number (PIN) on the device in the vehicle, and get driving.

Once you’ve reached your destination, users will need to lock it off through the app and then the bill will be forwarded.

That’s not the only addition transport in Dubai is going to get, as there will be new Dubai metro trains arriving this November.

Getting a car in Dubai just got a little easier.

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