GANGNEUNG, Mar. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Another loophole has been revealed in the lax vehicle rental method that allows people to make payments through mobile phone applications to take over vehicles without face-to-face interaction.
The loophole was once again brought to light by an accident in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, where a car crashed into the sea on Tuesday, killing five teenagers.
The policy for the car-sharing company in question is that the driver must be 21 years of age or older and have a driver’s license for one year or more before booking or using a car.
Thus, teenagers responsible for the accident were believed to have used the name of their 22-year-old neighbor to borrow a vehicle from a famous car-sharing company, police say.
The time of the car rental was from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the day of the accident. About two hours later, at 6:31 a.m., the car used was found to have crashed into the sea on a coastal road near Gangneung.
The problem is that the car-sharing method lacks self-confirmation procedures in the process of renting a car compared to existing rental methods.
This is because anyone can rent vehicles from a remote location without having to check their driver’s license.
To solve the problem, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has been pushing since last year to introduce a device authentication system that allows reservations through the use of mobile phone devices registered when subscribing to car-sharing, but this system has yet to take effect.
Current car-sharing services allow users to use cars in parking lots on an hourly basis if they have a smartphone. It only certifies driver’s licenses when first registering users, and later allows drivers to drive only with an ID.
As a result, teenagers who used an adult’s ID caused an accident while driving a car-sharing vehicle.
Some point out that the government needs to improve its system by establishing a clause for punishment of those who lend car-sharing IDs in the Passenger Car Transport Business Act.
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