Islanders will soon be able to share their personal rental vehicles through Canada’s largest car-sharing company, Turo.
The Tourism Industry Association of PEI. turned to Turo to meet a projected need for this year’s tourist season.
Prince Edward Island car rental agencies have 50-65% fewer vehicles than in 2019, TIAPEI said, due to supply chain issues in the rental industry. automotive manufacturing.
He estimates this could prevent nearly 9,000 customers and their travel parties from getting vehicles on the island this summer.
PEI Tourism Minister Matthew MacKay told the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday that he was pleased to welcome Turo to PEI. to help alleviate the anticipated shortage of rental cars.
“It’s a concern we’ve been working on for six months,” MacKay said. “We have a committed working group in this area and we are on the right track…We think this platform will definitely help.”
Cedric Mathieu, vice president in charge of Canada for Turo, said the average host income last year was around $790 per month, adding that hosts in tourist hotspots like Calgary and Vancouver are seeing an average monthly income of $1,100 during the summer.
“We think there is a huge opportunity for hosts and car owners on the island to list their cars and try to save the travel season almost,” Mathieu said.
All cars must be safety inspected, be less than 12 years old and have less than 200,000 kilometres.
Insurance is covered by Turo.