Uncategorized 26.11.2014 08:00 am

‘Rent-a-toll’ at car hire firms

FILE PICTURE: A long exposure photograph shows vehicles heading south on the N1 highway through an e-toll gantry, 16 September 2014, near Florida. Picture: Michel Bega

FILE PICTURE: A long exposure photograph shows vehicles heading south on the N1 highway through an e-toll gantry, 16 September 2014, near Florida. Picture: Michel Bega

Avis Rent-a-Car is charging customers who incur e-tolls about double what the company pays, as it does not pass on the discounts it gets for having fitted cars with e-tags.

It caps the charges at R450 a vehicle a month, as the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) does for all e-tag users.

While standard tariffs are about double the discounted tariffs, Avis Rent a Car chief executive Keith Rankin says the company is not making a profit from e-tolls. It is in fact still trying to recover millions invested to get e-tolls ready and from the ongoing cost of e-toll administration.

Most other vehicle rental companies treat e-tolls similarly, says Marc Corcoran, president of the SA Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (Savrala). Savrala is a major driving force behind the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance and supports legal action to stop e-tolls.

Rankin says: “It is clear on analysis the millions invested to date to integrate the Avis global and Sanral IT systems and implement various operational processes with the necessary work procedures and resources have not yet been recovered.”

But he adds: “We must be able to recover both our direct e-toll costs and the necessary administrative costs.”

In its terms and conditions, Avis has incorporated the responsibility of renters to pay e-tolls incurred, Rankin says.

 

 

 

 

 

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