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Monday, March 19, 2018


Now, pay per minute as you rent a car in Sharjah

  • The new service will initially provide 100 vehicles.

Udrive, a dedicated pay-per-minute car rental service, on Monday opened its services to residents and visitors of Sharjah.

The new service will initially provide 100 vehicles, as part of its plan to offer the smartest and innovative transport modes in the emirate.

Developed as a smartphone app-based service, Udrive offers rental car services across Dubai and now Sharjah. Udrive cars can be booked and reserved for via a dedicated app, offering the most convenient car rental option in both emirates.

Vehicles will be available 24/7 and can be rented at a location nearest to a driver via the Udrive app or website. Once registered, customers can unlock cars through their smartphones. This keyless access and the ability to park for free across the key areas of the city, where permitted, as well as free petrol, means drivers can go anywhere and at any time.

Hasib Khan, CEO and Founder of Udrive said, "New customers that register for Udrive will enjoy a complimentary one-hour free drive to experience the service. The system operates with no security deposits, minimum rental time or expensive border crossing fees.

"We will make sure that the cars are available at hotspot locations across the emirate," he said.

The Udrive service in Sharjah will roll out with a fleet of Nissan Sunny's and Kia Picanto's with free inclusions of fuel, parking and comprehensive insurance for all its members.

Members only pay for the time they drive. The pay-as-you-go service costs 50 Fils plus VAT per minute and is capped after four hours. After that customers drive 20 hours, the remaining day, for free, including 150 km free mileage, offering commuters with an affordable option to travel from anywhere to everywhere in the city and at any time.

With more than 20,000 registered customers, Udrive currently records 600 trips per day with the over 100,000 trips recorded in 2017.

To start using the service, customers just need to download the app and register or follow the same way of registration on the website. All they need is an Emirates ID, Driving License and Debit/Credit card. Those who don't have their own card, can contact Udrive team for alternative cash payment methods. Tourists will also be able to use the service and will need their passport instead of the Emirates ID. They must also have a valid International Driving License recognised by the UAE government and which must be at least 1 year old.

What makes the service special

Connect: It only takes a few minutes to register and receive credentials, then two minutes to download the app and book a car.

Cost: 50 fils per minute plus VAT. Fuel, public parking and insurance are included. After 4 hours of driving, customers can drive the remaining 20 hours of the day for free, including 150 km free mileage. (daily price of 120 AED plus VAT). That does not include Salik or fines.

Insurance: This is all included in the price.

Distance: Unlimited

Fuel: Udrive cars take regular petrol, and it's free. Drivers will be rewarded with a 20-minute drive if they fill up the tank. RFID technology means drivers can fill and go at any ENOC or EPPCO petrol station.

Parking: Each car is equipped with a parking card of the Sharjah Municipality, this provides free parking across the city.

Diagnostics: Udrive constantly tracks the cars and gets feedback from the onboard computer - if the car breaks down, they'll replace it for you.

Fleet: Udrive operates a wide fleet of cars including Toyota Yaris, Peugeot 208, Nissan Tiida, Nissan Sunny, Ford EcoSport, Ford Figo, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Aveo and Kia Picanto.

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