Car Rental Companies Agree To Provide Accessible Airport Shuttle
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 28, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC--The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that two of the nation's largest car rental agencies have agreed to improve access for passengers with disabilities on airport shuttle buses.
Under the agreement, Alamo Car Rent-A-Car LLC and National Car Rental System Inc. will have the next 60 days to equip each company-owned airport location with a shuttle bus designed to carry a person in a wheelchair or scooter between the terminal and the lot where rental vehicles are kept. The companies will also make sure all newly purchased or leased buses that carry 17 or more people are equipped in the same way, as well as 10 percent of smaller buses.
The agreement ends a Justice Department investigation into possible federal disability rights violations.
Alamo and National operate under the corporate name Vanguard Car Rental USA and have more than 3,200 rental locations in 83 countries.
"Our customers will be able to experience this expanded commitment within the weeks ahead," said Jeff Parell, chief operating officer for Vanguard.