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Incentivize car sharing


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 25, 2014

~~<p>Car sharing hasn't taken off here the way it has in cities such as Portland and Seattle, and one of the reasons is cost &mdash; the state can charge a $3-a-day surcharge every time the car changes hands. That fee was designed for conventional rental cars, not vehicles that typically rent by the minute or hour so the driver can run a few errands. When the surcharge equals nearly a third of the typical hourly rate, it's no surprise that customers are discouraged from signing up.</p>
<p>Advocates have tried and failed the past two legislative sessions to lift or prorate the state surcharge, arguing that charging the flat fee multiple times a day is unfair and has stunted the industry's growth in Hawaii.</p>
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Car sharing hasn't taken off here the way it has in cities such as Portland and Seattle, and one of the reasons is cost — the state can charge a $3-a-day surcharge every time the car changes hands. That fee was designed for conventional rental cars, not vehicles that typically rent by the minute or hour so the driver can run a few errands. When the surcharge equals nearly a third of the typical hourly rate, it's no surprise that customers are discouraged from signing up.

Advocates have tried and failed the past two legislative sessions to lift or prorate the state surcharge, arguing that charging the flat fee multiple times a day is unfair and has stunted the industry's growth in Hawaii. Login for more...



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