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Dollar, Thrifty Ban Smoking in Rental Cars

Lighting up could cost $250.

by on Jan.07, 2011

Please leave your smokes at the counter, folks. You could be fined $250 for lighting up.

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. which operates, the Dollar and Thrifty rental car fleets, has implemented a strict no smoking policy in all of its vehicles.

Smoking is now forbidden in any Dollar or Thrifty rental cars. Both rental fleets are now 100% smoke-free as a result of Dollar Thrifty’s new policy prohibiting smoking by renters at all U.S. corporate stores and participating franchise locations.

“We’re extremely pleased to now offer a 100% smoke-free fleet,” said Scott Thompson, Dollar Thrifty President and CEO. “We are passionate about providing our value-oriented customers with a rental experience that is consistent with our high standards, and we think that fresh, clean and smoke-free car interiors are essential to achieving our objectives.”

Renters who do not comply with the new policy and return vehicles after smoking may face a charge of up to $250.

Thompson said the charge is necessary to cover the special cleaning required to remove all traces of tobacco residue and smoky odor from a vehicle’s interior.  The charge is similar to what many hotel chains now levy when a visitor is found to have lit up in a non-smoking room.