The Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group has
expanded the availability of Pass24, its prepaid toll service, to
Houston after testing it for five months in the Dallas area.
Pass24 is now
available at five Dollar Rent A Car and nine Thrifty Car Rental
locations at George Bush Intercontinental and Houston Hobby
airports. The service also is available to travelers renting Dollar
and Thrifty cars at the Dallas-Fort Worth and Dallas Love Field
to Dollar Thrifty, is designed to enable drivers to use the express
toll lanes, bypassing the cash-only lanes and eliminating the need
to carry exact change.
"The prepaid toll
collection presents a great time-saving option for our customers,"
said Jay Foley, Dollar Thrifty's senior executive vice president of
corporate operations. "All toll charges are included in the $8.95
per day fee which eliminates the hassle of reconciling separate
charges to their credit card after the car is returned."
Rent A Toll, the
company that developed the Pass24 system, works in cooperation with
local authorities to facilitate the collection of tolls by using
video technology that captures images of a car license plate as it
passes through an express lane tollbooth.
"We are now
aggressively seeking to expand our solution to additional U.S. toll
markets," said Rick Welch, President and COO of Rent A
Meanwhile, Hertz is
promoting its own prepaid toll system called PlatePlass.
After testing the
system in the New York area, Hertz in December expanded the
availability of PlatePass to Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and
system utilizes a small electronic device that electronically pays
tolls wherever E-Z Pass is accepted.
contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Michael
Milligan at [email protected].