The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has officially presented the DNI-Car, a new virtual card that promises to revolutionize the car rental process. This innovative solution uses blockchain technology and is designed to eliminate the need to present physical documentation of the rented vehicle.
The DNI-Car is a QR code that digitally stores the driving license of the driver and the technical sheet of the car, including detailed information such as the condition of the car and any reports of theft.
This launch is especially relevant in the Canary Islands, since the region has one of the largest rental car fleets in Spain.
The initiative has been promoted jointly by the DGT and the National Business Federation for Vehicle Rental with and without driver (FENEVAL), in an effort to combat the theft of rental vehicles in the country.
One of the main objectives of this platform is to prevent the theft of between 6,000 and 12,000 rental cars each year, of which only 80% are recovered, leaving rental companies with more than 1,200 stolen vehicles, according to data provided by the DGT.
With the DNI-Car, the authorities will be able to have real-time access to updated information on the vehicles that have been reported as stolen.
Companies that choose to use this new service must pay a fee of 3 euros for each rented vehicle. In addition, they will have the freedom to choose the location of the QR code, being able to place it in places like the glove compartment of the car or on the key ring.
At the moment, the DNI-Car is only available in Spain, France and Portugal. However, it is expected that it will expand to other European countries in the future, according to statements by FENEVAL.
Since its launch, the DNI-Car has generated great interest among car rental companies in Spain. According to FENEVAL, more than 70% of these companies, which make up the Spanish vehicle fleet, have shown their willingness to adopt this new system in the first month of operation of the project.
Currently, it is estimated that more than 650,000 rental vehicles without drivers circulate in Spain. During the year 2022, around 16 million lease contracts were executed, and it is projected that in 2023 this figure will reach 19 million.
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