There are more hire cars, but there are also more tourists.

04-10-2013Gemma Andreu

The increased number of tourists coming to Majorca this summer has not had any notable impact on the hiring of cars until now. Ramon Reus, president of Aevab, one of the two hire-car agencies, says that rental in May and June was at a normal level - between 50 and 60% of the entire fleet. This has now risen to 80%, and for most of August all hire cars will be out on the roads.

Nevertheless, Reus believes that roads in Majorca and the other islands are being congested because of excess supply, an issue that concerns the association. More than 60,000 cars on Majorca's roads represent, he argues, an "outrage", as is also the case in Ibiza with 22,000 and Formentera with 3,000. In the latter case, the number of cars is "illogical" for an island of its size. In total, there are reckoned to be 20,000 more cars available than last summer.

"This oversupply doesn't benefit any business in our sector, while it affects the traditional image of the islands. This is why I am asking the regional government to look into the regulation the rental-agencies' fleets, so we know exactly where we stand."

Toni Mas Ferrer of the other association, Baleval, says that there are indeed more cars but that there are also more tourists, adding that there may be a need for regulation, as is the case with other activities. This said, he notes that there is no shortage of cars in Minorca, which is his area. "It's true that there are more cars than in previous years."

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Steve Riches / Hace over 5 years

Here we go again - deriding the wishes of the tourists who bring this island its major source of income. Of course tourists want to hire a car, people no longer travel by donkey! The problem is not the tourists who want a car, it's with the haphazard customer service of the people providing them. Long queues to pick up hire cars have become normal, as have a number of questionable tactics to rip people off for more money than expected. Don't berate the customer, improve the service.

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Steve / Hace over 5 years

If it were true, - the answer is to limit the maximum number of cars that any one firm can have. You have to prevent monopolies in everyones interest.

Rues is the same as the bitching hoteliers that want it all for themselves. Fu*k them !

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max / Hace over 5 years

I note the article on car hire. I rent about 10 times a year at the airport through brokers in the UK and my experience in Mallorca is dreadful and unlike my experiences elsewhere in the world. In the summer and autumn it is not unusual to have to wait over an hour ( once over 90 minutes) to pick up my prepaid car. The garage where the cars are stored is badly lit and it is impossible to check your car before driving off. Every day in the summer you can see long queue of frustrated customers at the airport with fractious children waiting and waiting to pick up pre paid hire cars. Terrible service standards especially from Goldcars and Record who have the longest queues max lewis

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zaax / Hace over 5 years

There needs to be a lot more public transport to all beaches / villages right though the night.

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Oh Please! / Hace over 5 years

These comments smack of two gentlemen (?) whose monopolies have been eroded by more operators.

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Silvia / Hace over 5 years

Mallorca you want high end visitors and they have the intellectual capacity to want to see the island !!! Stop complaining ... It is a little bit of traffic and these tourists are spending money, plus you have all the Spanish holidaying here also for a month. Every job on this island is indirectly related to tourism.

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