Hertz On Demand has been launched in Sydney, Australia by The Hertz Corporation. This has made the country the seventh to host the international programme. The scheme gives members 24/7 access to a fleet of self-service cars that are parked throughout the city and can be booked online. Members don’t have to pay an annual fee, and its rates are the cheapest in the car sharing market – starting from AU$6 per hour. The rates also include fuel, maintenance, cleaning and insurance.
More and more motorists across Australia are choosing car sharing to get around, with the market more than tripling over the last three years in Sydney. This has saved residents some AU$21 million a year, freed up parking and eased traffic congestion. Recent SGS Economics and Planning research shows that the economic benefits for both residents and businesses outweigh the costs by 19 to one.
Hertz On Demand currently has 30 spaces in areas around Sydney, but this will jump to 100 by next year. Members will be able to reserve a Hyundai hatchback from just AU$6 per hour or a Nissan X-Trail from AU$7 an hour. They will also be able to use Hertz On Demand services available in the US and Europe. Aside from residents, the service can also be used by businesses as carpooling for employees. The corporate scheme is used by big firms like Marriott Hotels, London Heathrow and PricewaterhouseCoopers already. It allows them to substantially drop fleet costs by improving vehicle utilisation and management, as well as reduce overheads and administration costs.
Hertz On Demand vehicles are fitted with an RFID reader for SmartCard identification, allowing every member access to them without a key. Users can contact the company’s in-house Member Care Center if they have any questions, want to extend their rental length or need help. This is available with in-car technology for hands free communication.
Hertz On Demand Australia general manager Greg Giraud says that they are very excited to provide Sydney residents with a great car sharing option, as well as the business community with an end-to-end fleet replacement alternative. Members will be able to use their membership in New York, London, Paris and other locations where Hertz On Demand is available.
Hertz Australia regional vice president and managing director Chris Rusden says that they are thrilled to bring Hertz On Demand to Sydney. This is a big step in bringing all of the company’s worldwide services and products to the Australian market. This car sharing network operates on state-of-the-art technology and is aimed at people who want the convenience and use of a vehicle without the cost of ownership. It’s also the perfect alternative or complement to corporate fleets in order to drive down costs.
Hertz chairman and chief executive Mark P. Frissora says that they are bringing the future of car sharing to reality for their Sydney customers by utilising the resources they have as the leading car hire company in the world. Hertz On Demand is cheaper than other car sharing networks, provides unparalleled customer service and free membership with no annual renewal charges. Sydney is a progressive international city and a natural choice for this offering.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore added that she is pleased to see Hertz joining the Sydney car sharing market. This is a clear demonstration of the market’s growth. Every parking space in the city for a shared car replaces the need for 12 privately owned vehicles. This provides more mobility solutions for residents and helps them save money while easing congestion on roads. Car sharing is a smart way to access a vehicle when it’s needed, avoiding the cost of purchasing, registering, insuring, maintaining and driving a car.