Rental Car Surcharge for Roads

Tired of traffic congestion? You may soon get a chance to vote on a $2 a day increase in the cost of a rental car, with the money going to transportation.

State lawmakers are considering giving county residents a chance to impose the charges, and the rental car agencies aren't happy.

People who rent cars already pay a $2 a day surcharge. The money is used to attract tourists. Now, two of the state's most powerful lawmakers want to add another two dollars a day top the rental. Rental car companies are upset.

House majority leader Andy Gardiner is one of two sponsors. He thinks people are willing to trade two bucks for better roads.

A spot check of some renter shows many would gladly pay for less congestion on the road.

Rep. Gardiner, who is majority leader, is counting votes. He says it is expected to be close.


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