With the growing need for transportation among the masses, the motorcycle rental business is becoming popular, especially in the rural areas of southern Punjab.
A number of people have established motorcycle rental shops in almost every town and village in the region, while some citizens run this part-time.
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Khawaja Zafar, owner of a motorcycle rental shop in Multan, said he has been running the business for 12 years. He added that Rs25 per hour are charged to citizens, who rent a motorbike.
He said: “It’s a good deal and I am making a handsome amount of money.” He advised that the rental fee for the 125cc motorcycles is double the rent for the 70cc two-wheelers.
Regarding people’s needs for motorcycles, Zafar maintained that the use of bicycles was almost over and that a good number of people were taking advantage of the possibility of renting bicycles.
To a question, he said he provides motorcycles to citizens after checking their ID cards with the guarantee of anyone known on the spot.
Allah Dittah, a farmer and resident of Vehari, said he owns a motorbike which he uses for his household needs, but it also serves as a source of income.
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He added: âI take people from the village of Pipli to the bus stop or vice versa. I earn an average of Rs300 to Rs400 on a daily basis.
He pointed out that he was also renting a motorbike from other villagers.
Muhammad Khalid, another villager, said he had eight family members. “We have two motorcycles for household use but sometimes we have to rent a motorcycle in an emergency.” He also called the rental of motorcycles a good facility for the poor.
Posted in The Express Tribune, October 9e, 2017.