VICTORY: Authorities Axe Avis WeDriveU Model

Posted on February 24, 2010 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

In an expected final decision, the Philadelphia Parking Authority denies Avis WeDriveU any operating authority in city limits.

PHILADELPHIA — It’s official in Philly: If you want a rental car, rent one from a car rental agency. If you want a chauffeur, then go to a legitimate limo operator.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority delivered the final blow to Avis WeDriveU on Tuesday by declaring it will not issue it any type operating authority now or in the future in Philadelphia, including the international airport.

PPA executive director Vince Fenerty disclosed the decision during the monthly PPA Executive Board meeting Tuesday to Philip Jagiela, president of the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association, which led and coordinated the effort against Avis WeDriveU.

“Thank you for those who have assisted over the years of keeping the regulators informed and by applying the proper pressure in presenting factual information to assist the PPA with making this proper decision,” Jagiela wrote in an e-mail to members. “We can now count Philadelphia as another major city that stopped the initiative of Avis in any further efforts they may consider around the country.”

LCT has previously reported details of the PRLA’s Avis WeDriveU victory and how Avis WeDriveU’s business model undercuts traditional chauffeured transportation.

— Martin Romjue, LCT Magazine

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