The car rental firm Hellcat is offering to get you checked by police if you have a licence plate that matches the description of the vehicle in the photo on your licence.
It’s an initiative the company says will give customers more confidence when booking their car.
“We know the public is concerned about car safety,” said the company’s head of public policy, Paul Mair.
Hellcat said the plate would be recorded on the vehicle’s licence plate when the rental company took the vehicle for a test drive. “
If they don’t know the plate, they are not entitled to take the car, we know that.”
Hellcat said the plate would be recorded on the vehicle’s licence plate when the rental company took the vehicle for a test drive.
The licence plate will then be removed from the vehicle when the car is returned to the rental firm.
The company says it has already received more than 100,000 requests from customers wanting to check the car by the end of the year.
A spokesman said: “We’ve been able to get this number to more than 1,000 people since we launched our test programme in August and we’re confident that this will be a success.”
The company said it was only taking requests for the test from people who were registered with the same plate number as the vehicle they wanted to check.
It also says it was not taking requests from people whose plates had been changed.
Hellcat has teamed up with car rental company Lucid Car to offer the service.
Lucid Cars said it had been offering similar services for more than 10 years and said the new scheme would give customers “more confidence”.
“It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity to give our customers the chance to verify their own identity, to be able to make an appointment to have their car checked, to see if they’re eligible to rent a car from a company that is registered with their plate number,” Lucid car director Ben Coker said.
“They’re not necessarily on the radar of the police, but they can be.”
The scheme will also allow people who have lost their licence plates to get them back in case they need to renew their licence plate.
Lucids service is available to all cars that have a current licence plate number and can be used on all cars.
“This is a way of making sure that people are not losing their plates while they’re trying to get a new licence plate,” Mr Coker added.
Lucid is also offering a trial of the service for customers who have already rented a car. “
With the advent of autonomous vehicles, the car rental industry is going to change, and we hope that this service will help people to do that more easily and securely.”
Lucid is also offering a trial of the service for customers who have already rented a car.
The service will only be available to those who are registered with a different plate number, so if you already have a Lucid card you will not be able add the new plates to your existing account.
However, anyone who wants to rent the car from Lucid will be able do so through the new service.
If you are a current customer of Lucid and want to check your car’s licence plates for free, you can sign up here.
The Lucid service costs $150 a month, which is a fraction of the price of renting a car and will be offered to new customers, so long as you don’t already own a Lucido car.