Staff Reporter
THE Balearic Car Hire Association wants to put a stop to new car hire firms opening their doors to business in the Balearic Islands as they do not want the islands to be saturated with car hire companies and the associated problems.

The proposal from the Balearic Car Hire (with or without drivers) Business Association (AEVAB) will be discussed today at their General Assembly.
They are proposing to ask the authorities to block business licences for new car hire companies entering the island market, as they “do not want to saturate the infrastructures” on the islands.

Today's meeting will analyse the recent talks AEVAB has had with the authorities, a spokesperson from the association said yesterday. The ultimate aim is to present this new proposal and to try to achieve their aim “of putting limits and obstacles in the way of new car hire companies who want to enter the Balearic market”.

There will also be a report on its dispute with the Palma city council, over the problem of the car hire firms who illegally use rural land near to the Palma Airport to park their hundreds of car hire vehicles.

This long-running dispute led to various demonstrations last summer, in an effort to force the city council to take action. While some steps have been taken, the problem has not yet been fully solved.

There will also be a report on talks with the Airport Authority (AENA) at Son Sant Joan, which has been asked to provide a counter for the collection and handing out of car keys of vehicles which have been booked in advance.

The car hire firms are also seeking a specific parking area for car hire vehicles, as well as a system where drivers get the first half an hour of free parking for car hire vehicles at the airport.

They also want to see improvement of security in the car park because of the many thefts from cars left there.
In addition, the Balearic car hire association is studying the possibility of asking the authorities to regulate and control motorbike and moped hiring on the islands. .

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