The world’s biggest off-grid car rental company, Off-roader, has shut down its operations in India after a series of allegations were raised by local media outlets that the company had been operating a vast network of car rental companies and parking lots in the country.
According to local media reports, Offersa, which operates as a separate company from the company, operated a network of more than 50 parking lots and garages across the country, with the company leasing out cars and providing parking services to nearby residential properties.
The news came as the company announced it would be shutting down the website for its car rental service and shutting down its car service centre, which provides car and motorcycle rentals.
Offersa said it was the “right decision” for the company to end its operations and said it will continue to work with local authorities to ensure that its car and bike rental services are compliant with the Indian Auto Rules.
The company had earlier said it would not be operating in India, as it has been registered in New Jersey.
In its initial statement, Offendersa said that it was also suspending its online reservation portal, as well as its website and mobile application, as “this is a matter of safety concerns”.
The statement did not say when or how Offersas website and applications would be suspended, but said the company was investigating the allegations made by the local media.
India is one of the most populous countries in the world and has a population of over 200 million.