Tulsa, Oklahoma – Dollar and Thrifty rental vehicles in the U.S. are now 100 per cent smoke-free, as of January 1, 2011, under the company’s new policy prohibiting smoking by renters at all U.S. corporate stores and participating franchise locations. Renters who return vehicles after smoking may face a charge of up to US$250 for cleaning.

“We’re extremely pleased to now offer a 100 per cent smoke-free fleet,” said Scott Thompson, president and CEO of Dollar Thrifty. “We are passionate about providing our value-oriented customers with a rental experience that is consistent with our high standards, and we think that fresh, clean and smoke-free car interiors are essential to achieving our objectives.”

Rental cars that have had passengers smoking inside them will be immediately grounded upon inspection and removed for thorough detailing before being returned for customer use. All rental cars in the Dollar and Thrifty fleets will display stickers notifying renters of the potential charge for noncompliance.

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