Outer-borough residents renting cars are being unfairly slapped with surcharges, said New York lawmakers who Wednesday discussed a bill to ban companies from continuing the practice.
“This kind of blatant bias should be a thing of the past,” said Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan), one of the bill’s sponsors along with state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn).
The charges are imposed depending on where the driver lives and not where the car is rented from.
In New York City, the only car company charging the fee is Dollar Thrifty Automotive: $55 for Brooklyn residents; $53 for Bronx residents; and $11 for Queens residents. Manhattan and Staten Island drivers aren’t affected.
A Dollar Thrifty spokeswoman did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday and previously declined to say why the company was charging the fee. Hertz previously also charged a fee, but a spokeswoman said that was stopped earlier this year.
If passed, violators of the proposed legislation would face fines of up to $1,500.