Lately we’ve seen a rise in accidents involving rental vehicles. “It’s always the GetGo cars” they say. So is it just a GetGo curse ? Or is there actually a reason behind all these car rental horror stories that we hear all the time.
Accidents happen all the time and especially on the roads of Singapore where traffic volume is high.
Of course, the news that we see today may not be fair to drivers that are driving these rental vehicles.
However, there may actually be valid explanations for these accidents involving rental vehicles
One prevalent argument points to the inexperience of drivers renting these vehicles as a primary cause of accidents.
With accessibility to cars with car rentings just within a few clicks away, it has also become a habit for drivers to only drive when they really need to.
This can be only during the weekends or the holidays when they are traveling out to somewhere less convenient by public transport.
This also means less frequent driving which also means less experience.
These drivers may have attained their license more than a year ago but might not have the chance to drive as frequently as they would hope to.
In an article published by TODAY, it mentioned that users have reported instances of poorly maintained cars, raising questions about the overall safety of the rental fleet.
In that same report, experts, including Dr. Prateek Bansal from the National University of Singapore, refers to a South Korean study indicating that car-sharing services may contribute to worsened road safety due to drivers’ irresponsible attitudes, especially among those with little regard for vehicles they don’t own.
Poorly Maintained Vehicles
While a car sharing platform user Mr. Ahmad Syatibi when interviewed by TODAY argued that the quality of the cars affects accident rates, Dr. Bansal notes that it might be too harsh to solely attribute accidents to poor maintenance.
However, car-sharing companies, such as BlueSG, GetGo, and Drivelah, assert that they adhere to regular cleaning and maintenance practices while collecting timely feedback from customers to rectify any defects promptly.