Hawaii Lawmakers Approve Car Rental Fee Increase

Car rental fees in Hawaii's airports will soon increase under legislation approved by lawmakers, according to the Associated Press.

The measure was passed April 27 by the House and Senate, and sent to Gov. Linda Lingle's desk. The bill will raise daily car rental fees from $1 to $4.50, and raise about $45 million next fiscal year. The money raised will go toward construction of a $230 million rental car facility at Honolulu International Airport and an overflow vehicle storage facility at Kahului airport on Maui.

Lawmakers and car rental companies say Hawaii's airport car rental facilities have deteriorated and haven't kept pace with facilities throughout the rest of the country.

Customers can avoid paying the fee if they rent vehicles at other locations besides the airport.

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