Sequel to serious crime :
Police get tough with rent-a-car companies
The police will come down hard on Rent-a Car service companies whose
vehicles are involved in serious crime.
Police have issued a stern warning to Rent-a Car service companies to
be vigilant when renting out vehicles to strangers without checking
their identity. It has come to light that Rent-a Car vehicles had been
involved in various crimes in the recent past, Police Media Spokesman,
SP Ajith Rohana told the Sunday Observer. He said the Mavil Aru incident
was a clear case of robbery where the police arrested a gang of robbers
posing as policemen.
The Rent -a Car Service vehicle which they had hired was also seized
by the police. In another incident two persons were killed near a church
at Kochchikade in Colombo at night by robbers travelling in a Rent-A Car
The spokesman cautioned owners and employees of Rent-a Car Service
that they too were liable when their vehicles were used to commit crime.
The owner of a Rent-a-Car company or its employees could be detained by
the police or produced in court when their vehicles are involved in
Owners of Rent-a-Car companies can be charged with aiding and
abetting those who commit crime and renting out vehicles to those who do
not hold valid driving licences.
Rent-a Car companies should be careful when renting out vehicles and
they should also ensure that the driver holds a valid driving licence.