Feb 23, 2018 - Technology

Car rental startup pushes back on airport fees lawsuit

A Delta Airlines Boeing 737 takes off at San Francisco International Airport's runway 10L. Photo: Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Turo, a peer-to-peer car rental service, has filed a counter-suit in response to a lawsuit filed last month by the city of San Francisco over airport fees. The company says the lawsuit is the result of car rental company Enterprise's lobbying, and ignores local permit and tax laws.

Why you'll about this again: Transportation habits are fast changing and the legacy players aren't all taking it well. At the same time, the new generation of marketplaces and services that see themselves as "tech companies," haven't been shy about pushing for changes in regulations (or ignoring them altogether).

What Turo's saying: Unlike traditional car rental companies, Turo doesn't take up space at the airport or use its train shuttles, so it shouldn't pay the same fees, according to the company. Instead, they should be more in line with fees paid by ride-hailing services, for example, where customers stop on the curb for a few minutes per transaction.

Go deeper: More background on the battle.

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