Car rental companies gouging outer boros: pols

 

    By SALLY GOLDENBERG

    Claiming geographic discrimination, three lawmakers want to put the
    brakes on car rental companies that charge higher rates to residents
    living in certain boroughs.

    A survey of 11 car companies that do business in the five boroughs
    found two – Thrifty and Dollar, which are owned by the same parent
    company – charge Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx residents an additional
    fee based on their residence.

    Brooklynites pay an additional $55 daily to rent from either of those
    companies, Bronx residents pay $53 per day and Queens dwellers are
    charged $11 each day, according to a survey from Manhattan Borough
    President Scott Stringer, state Sen. Daniel Squadron
    (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan).

    Staten Island and Manhattan residents are not subject to any extra fee.

    "They're taking advantage, gouging consumers," Stringer said. "It's
    basic discrimination ... you're taking advantage of somebody who
    happens to live beyond Manhattan and that's not right."

    “It’s crazy that some of my constituents get penalized for living on
    the other side of the harbor,” added Squadron. “To discriminate
    against people who live in certain boroughs is unfair and crazy.
    Companies shouldn’t be charging communities. They should be figuring
    out their price points and applying them fairly.”

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