Daily News Briefs, August 8, 2017

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Claimants Respond Slowly to Florida AG's Tolls Settlement with Rental Car Companies. A "Massive Amount of Unresolved Complaints" Are Pending.

Tampa Bay Times reports, “Since [Attorney General Pam] Bondi announced the settlement with Avis, Budget and Payless, claims are trickling in slowly, possibly because many affected consumers live far away and aren’t aware of the settlement and won’t unless they read Florida news sites.” The newspaper adds, “Bondi’s settlement with those three companies could be the tip of the iceberg. Her office has a mountain of unresolved complaints from customers of Dollar Thrifty, which charges the highest fees in the industry.”



Kapsch Group Marks Its 125th Anniversary

Kapsch has issued a news release to mark the occasion of its 125th anniversary. It quotes Georg Kapsch, CEO of the Kapsch Group, as saying, “History, the present, and the future are all intertwined. We live in the here and now, drawing on our experiences from more than a century, and we should always be prepared to break with tradition in order to open the gateway to the future.”



NY Mayor de Blasio Draws Fire for Rejecting Congestion Pricing Plan and Instead Proposing a Tax on Wealthy for Transit

Crain’s New York Business editor Erik Engquist rips NY City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s position on congestion pricing, writing, “Lost amid [the mayor’s] hopeless proposal for a millionaires’ tax to fund the transit system were remarks he made Friday about what most transportation experts consider the absolute necessity of tolling more where there is congestion and less where there isn’t.” [Link inserted.]

SILive.com reports, “A few [of] Staten Island’s state representatives dismissed de Blasio’s tax [proposal] as unrealistic and unhelpful, calling for him to instead back a congestion pricing plan that already has bipartisan support.” The article adds that two of the borough’s state lawmakers are prime sponsors of a bill to implement Move New York’s “toll equity plan.”

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Toll Group CEO: "Don't Let Toll Road Operators Make 'Outrageous Returns'"

The Australian Financial Review reports, “Logistics company Toll Group is happy to pay tolls on motorways as long as toll road operators do not make ‘outrageous’ returns, chief executive Michael Byrne says. Rising toll fares on roads in big Australian cities are becoming increasingly contentious as some truck drivers hit back at big price increases, and consumers complain about the rising cost of living.”



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