Today the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) is holding a rental committee meeting to respond to the new law banning age discrimination in regards to goods and services.
The regulation prevents car rental companies from using age as a factor in deciding whether or a not a customer is eligible to rent a car. After making comprises to the original law, the Home Office said that a company can charge a fee to renters, if it can prove that the renter’s age statistically makes them more likely to be involved in an accident.
According to a BVRLA newsletter, the committee will be considering a new “Code of Practice” to help companies and BVRLA members manage risks associated with the new regulation. “It would set out the permissible justifications for declining to rent a vehicle,” the newsletter states.
For more information about the Age Discrimination and Equality Act, the BVRLA has several resources, as well links to government responses on why the car rental industry is not exempt from the law, available here.
For an article regarding age restrictions and negligence in the U.S., click here.