Quebec authorized a class-action lawsuit against Car Rential companies that charge young driver extra fees base on age
Discriminatory practices among young people when renting a car - A collective action request is allowed
Press releases 07.14.21
Montreal, July 14, 2021 - A class action request, formerly called a class action suit, has been authorized by the Superior Court against several short-term car rental companies that have adopted a discriminatory practice that is contrary to the Protection Act of the consumer to drivers under the age of 25.
The lawsuit targets a dozen car rental companies including Enterprise, Alamo, National, Avis, Discount, Globe and Budget Auto. Option consommateurs criticizes these companies for making customers aged 16 to 24 pay additional fees or for preventing them altogether from renting a car or certain models of vehicles because of their age. These practices are enforced even when young drivers are already covered by their own insurance.
Although it is permissible in certain circumstances to make a distinction, exclusion or preference based on age, in particular in an insurance contract, no exceptions are provided by law with regard to vehicle rental.
“These consumers are already paying more to insure their vehicles because of their age, so they are paying twice the price for being young. In addition, a 22-year-old driver could just as easily have more driving experience, better habits or a better driving record than a 26-year-old, for example, ”says Sylvie De Bellefeuille, lawyer and budget advisor. and legal at Option consommateurs.
The collective action is aimed at ending this discrimination and securing a monetary condemnation. If you have entered into such a rental contract or if you have been refused rental of a vehicle or certain types of vehicles since August 16, 2016, when you or the driver were between 16 and 24 years of age, we invite you to register to receive information on the progress of the case:
https://option-consommateurs.org/jeunes ... collectif/