September 2, 1994 |
In a Justice Department settlement that may set a standard for the car rental industry, Avis Inc. agreed Thursday to provide autos with hand controls for customers with disabilities. Department officials said the voluntary settlement came after complaints were filed against Avis, the nation's second-largest car rental company, and 10 other rental car firms by people who said they were being denied service in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. U.S. Atty. Gen.
August 11, 1994 |
A 10% to 15% increase in car rental costs is expected to push 1995 business travel costs up 2%, according to a study by Runzheimer International. The increase would still be below the 2.7% inflation rate that is projected for next year, the study found. The expected jump in car rental costs won't offset inventory costs, which have surged more than 60% over two years, the consulting firm's travel division said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1994
Department of Motor Vehicles investigators arrested a 29-year-old man Tuesday whom they believe secured rental cars in Orange County, sold them as private vehicles using counterfeit papers, and then stole them back to return to the rental companies. Han Wook Kim was arrested at his Los Angeles apartment just after 5 p.m., DMV Investigator Tim A. Landrus said, and was being held at Orange County Jail.
May 12, 1994 |
Cellular phones have become one of the ways rental companies can provide a sense of security for business travelers. For example, Hertz Corp. recently announced free emergency service in its cars with in-place cellular phones. Following well-publicized violence against renters last year, the industry began to take a variety of steps to increase safety. Most have stripped car rental fleets of logos, signs and markers.
April 28, 1994 |
The state of New York on Wednesday sued five car rental companies for refusing to rent vehicles to licensed New York drivers between ages 18 and 25. The car rental companies say they cannot rent to the young drivers because no insurance is available--a claim the state disputes. The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, names Hertz, National Car Rental System, Budget Rent A Car, Alamo Rent-A-Car and Ameri-Car.
February 9, 1994
Changes in travel patterns are slowly taking place for economic, technological and sociological reasons, according to the 1993 "travel barometer" survey by Maritz Marketing Research Inc. for Budget Rent a Car. Some questions were concerned travel frequency in general while others were specific to the rental car habits.
August 31, 1993 |
Kia Motors North America said Monday that 100 of its new Sephia sedans have gone to rental-car service in Las Vegas. The 100 cars are the first of 3,000 Kias that the company aims to import to the United States and sell to rental fleets before new models go on sale next year. Budget Rent a Car, which received the first shipment two weeks ago, put the cars in service immediately, Kia Vice President Greg Warner said.
May 6, 1993 |
Alamo Rent a Car on Wednesday said it has removed company advertisements and decals from most of its vehicles nationwide as a safety precaution after the recent murders of two Florida tourists who were driving Alamo cars. The company's decision and similar moves by the Avis, Hertz and National rental agencies are intended to make tourists and business travelers--who often carry large amounts of cash and other valuables--less vulnerable to criminals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1993 |
It's one of the most common excuses for not car-pooling: "I can't ride-share because I need my car during the day to run errands." A coalition of businesses in Woodland Hills is eliminating that excuse with a novel concept: providing rental cars that their car-pooling employees can use during the day for business or personal use.