Hertz Closes 24/7 Cars in Orlando; Zipcar May Takes Over

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hertz 247 in orlandoPatrons of Hertz 24/7 in Orlando may no longer rent cars by the hour as the company suspends the service indefinitely. The announcement was made on August 31st, just a little over a year since it started its Orlando operations. The last day of operations for Hertz 24/7 will be on September 12th 2015. All prior bookings scheduled after the said date shall still be honoured, according to the company.

Hertz cites low usage and low revenues as the reasons for discontinuing their Hertz 24/7 service. According to Hertz spokesperson Anna Bootenhoff, their ride sharing business was doing poorly not just in Orlando but also in their other US locations. The company also stated that they would like to just focus their resources on running their rental car business. Hertz had a total of 12 cars situated in nine different locations in downtown Orlando when it terminated the service.

Hertz 24/7 car sharing services started in Orlando in May 2014 at the urging of state agencies wishing to provide an alternative transport solution in downtown Orlando. The cars for Hertz 24/7 were given free parking opportunities in nine key locations throughout the city although no tax incentives were given.

The car rental giant is also announcing the closure of all its other 24/7 car sharing services in all its other US locations: New Jersey and New York. Meanwhile ReThink, the state agency that is helping find and provide alternate transportation sources for Florida, is currently in the talks with another car sharing program Zipcar.

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