Taipei (AFP) – A car rental service in Taiwan’s capital city has closed its doors for good, saying it would have no further contact with customers and would focus on improving its customer service.
A spokesperson for Carrentals Taiwan, which operates in six cities, said the company had been “inundated with requests” to hire drivers in recent months and that it was unable to find a replacement.
The company said it had taken the decision to shut down because of “increasingly high” costs.
Carrentals has more than 200 drivers in Taiwan, but has had to shut its doors since February, when the country’s property market collapsed.
The firm had been offering car rental services in the Taiwanese capital Taipei since 2009.
Taiwan has become a hotbed for car rental companies, with more than 10,000 companies listed on the countrys Securities and Exchange Commission website.
A report last year by the government found that car rental firms were providing more than 2 million rental contracts each year, accounting for 20 percent of the sector’s total sales.
Rental companies in Taiwan have faced criticism over their service and alleged wage theft.
In January, the National Employment Rights Commission found that taxi drivers in Taipei and other cities were earning just half the average wage.