San Francisco Sues Hertz for Charging High Toll Fees

San Francisco’s City Attorney Dennis Herrera has sued the Hertz Corp. and its business partner American Traffic Solutions for charging customers the undiscounted toll rate of $7.50 — as well as up to $24.75 in extra fees — to cross the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Auto Dealer Day Returns to International Car Rental Show

Designed specifically for auto dealers looking to improve their rental and loaner operations, Auto Dealer programming will take place on Tuesday March 28, covering topics such as retail rentals and steps to branding a rental operation.

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February Pricing for Risk Units Up 5% YOY

Rental risk units were up from a year ago due to mix shifts and mileage changes as well as a weakness in the used vehicle market last year, according to Manheim. The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index stood at 124.6 for February.

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FSNA Reports $2.6M Revenue for Q4

Franchise Services of North America (FSNA), franchisors of the U-Save brand, has announced its financial results for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016. Revenue and loss from continuing operations were $2,570,439 and $122,918, respectively.

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Schalberg Now Offers CIRAS Certification in Operator Classes

Once a month, Jim Schalberg Auto Rental Solutions offers its new operator class at its headquarters in South Carolina. Starting this year, the classes will include the CIRAS certification as a rental car professional.

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Trump’s Travel Ban Jeopardizes International Business Travel

In the week following Trump’s travel ban, approximately $185 million in business travel bookings were lost as the uncertainty surrounding travel in general had a rippling effect on traveler confidence, according to the GBTA Foundation's latest business travel forecast.

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Dubai Rental Companies Can’t Keep Customers’ IDs

According to the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, car rental companies are barred from keeping passports or identification cards of their customers. Additionally, new regulations on issuing permits to rental companies were announced.

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Dollar, Thrifty Join NFM Group in Poland

NFM Group will be representing the two brands in Poland, with plans to add more rental facilities for the brands in 2017.

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Avis India Enhances Self-Drive Service

Avis India’s self-drive service has increased its fleet size and introduced new models. The service also provides free delivery and pick up of the vehicles.

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Didi Chuxing to Add English Platform

Ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing plans to add an English version to its app as early as spring this year.

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Auto Europe Provides Free Rental with Villa Reservation

During the month of March, Luxury Retreats guests will be provided a complimentary rental from Auto Europe when booking select villas.

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Hyundai Launches Electric Carsharing in South Korea

Hyundai’s carsharing service is expected to launch in South Korea in April, using electric vehicles such as the Hyundai Ioniq.

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Thrifty Introduces Car Rental Lounges in Dubai

Thrifty Car Rental is launching its Thrifty Lounge in Dubai, offering customers a chance to relax while waiting for their rental vehicles.

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GM’s Maven Introduces Monthly Carsharing Service

Maven, General Motors’ mobility brand, has launched a new monthly service, Maven Reserve, in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Members pay a monthly fee to reserve a GM vehicle for 28 days.

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Frontline Performance Group Makes Fortune’s Best Workplaces List

Global consulting firm Frontline Performance Group (fpg) has earned recognition as one of America’s best places to work by Fortune 100. It was named to the magazine's "100 Best Workplaces" for medium-sized companies.

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Mercury Adds Texas, Georgia to Ride-Hailing Insurance

Mercury Insurance is now offering ride-hailing insurance to cover Uber, Lyft, and other Transportation Network Company (TNC) drivers in Texas and Georgia.

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Four Thoughts From the 2016 Conference Calls

Sifting through the notes of Avis Budget Group’s and Hertz Global Holdings’ recent fourth quarter conference calls give us some trend lines to watch out for in 2017. (Of course, this gives us an incomplete snapshot, as Enterprise Holdings is privately held.)

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Enterprise Expands Loyalty Program in Latin America, Caribbean

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has expanded its Enterprise Plus loyalty program to eight countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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February Airport Rates Down in Every Region

February’s average nationwide quote was down $4.49 from last February after decreases of $1.02 in December and $3.87 in January. All regions were down, with the Northwest down $10.92 — the biggest decrease in the five regions.

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ReachNow Announces Flat Rate Pricing

BMW’s ReachNow mobility service is unveiling flat rate hourly pricing of $20 for its carsharing program. Currently, ReachNow operates in Seattle, Portland, and Brooklyn.

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