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RAC calls for new laws in bid to outlaw cowboy rental companies

THE RAC is calling for new laws to licence and regularly inspect daily rental companies in a bid to drive out cowboy operators. The motoring organisation wants to see new legislation in force following a recent investigation which revealed that three of the nine cars randomly hired from national and local rental companies and inspected by an RAC technician, would have failed a normal MoT test.

The RAC also claims some of the companies billed drivers for scratches which were already present on the car at the start of the hire, and provided inadequate - or no - information on insurance cover, type of fuel or the quantity in the tank.

'At the moment anyone can set themselves up in the daily rental industry. There are no restrictions, and this is something which needs investigating,' said an RAC spokesman. 'People are putting their lives at risk when they climb into these vehicles and there needs to be some form of Government legislation to change this.'

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, which has 800 rental company members, has supported the call for laws to outlaw cowboy rental companies.

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