Car-sharing programs are big all over the world, but they are huge in places Europe and America. Unfortunately, there are some places where car-sharing companies have to fight for equality. Florida used to be one of those places. In 2014, car-sharing customers were forced to pay a $2 per-use tax. This is a rate that has now been cut to just $1.
Enterprise Holdings is one car rental company that has always been very vocal about getting rid of discriminatory taxes that are out just to target car-sharing and car rental customers. That being said, Enterprise Holdings believes that a pro-rated tax is fair for car-sharing transactions since most people are renting them for shorter than 24 hours.
According to the Florida government, this new law will be active right away. People who use a car-sharing service will be charged a $1 per-use surcharge, down from the $2 surcharge that they used to be subjected to.
Enterprise CarShare Vice President Ryan Johnson said that the company supports this new tax cut with open arms. It’s really going to help draw some more attention to all of the unfair taxes on car rental companies. While this is just a tiny victory for consumers, hopefully it’s the start of greater things to come. Enterprise CarShare will continue to stand up for car-sharing customers.
It should not come as a shock that Enterprise Holdings is standing up against these taxes. In fact, the company has a history of speaking out against these kinds of issues. In 2009, it spoke out against a Florida legislation that was going to add a $4 per-day surcharge to car rentals. The following year, Enterprise supported the End Discriminatory State Taxes for Automobile Renters Act.
Enterprise is able to pull a lot of support when it speaks against something in the car rental industry. This is because it has been providing alternative transportation since the ’50s. This is a company that believes in providing people with fair and budget-friendly car rental options. To do this, it cannot sit by while governments overtax people.