Rent-A-Car Association warns of fly-by-night operatorsJuly 17, 2012, 9:43 pm
By Madura Ranwala
The Rent-A-Car Association yesterday accused the government of not properly regulating the trade as many unregistered establishments were resorting to fly-by-night practices.
Rent-A-Car Association President Kishan Perera told a media briefing at the Nippon Hotel that their member organisations had never been found guilty of any crimes since the inception in 2008, but the police and public had a wrong impression of even the professional rent-a-car companies due to unregulated car rental centres that had mushroomed countrywide.
Perera said that those unprofessional operators did not follow proper and strict procedure to ascertain whether the customer was a genuine person or not before handing over a vehicle as their only interest was to earn profits.
He said that many such centres had applied for membership of his association but most of them had failed to meet the prescribed standards and therefore his outfit at present had only eleven members but anyone who was desirous of being a member of the association could send in an application.
"Our website is www.raca.srilanka.com, so any one who needs to rent a car or want to be a member could contact us," he said.
Perera urged the government and relevant authorities to plan out a proper action plan to arrest the crime wave, including organised vehicle robberies by strictly enforcing laws and regulations.
The eleven member association comprises Ameri-Source Alliance (Pvt) Ltd, Andrew The Car Rental Company (Pvt) Ltd, Casons Rent A Car (Pvt) Ltd, Denshi Rent A Car, ECD Global (Pvt) Ltd, International Marketing Services (Pvt) Ltd, Kings Rent A Car (Pvt) Ltd, Lanka Quality Marketing Services (Pvt) Ltd, Lespri Rent A Car, Mal-Key Rent A Car (Pvt) Ltd and V. S. Rent A Car Services.
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