What you need to know about car rentals and reno in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – It’s not just that you’ll have to pay $40 a day for a rental car – you’ll also have to drive to and from your place.
That’s because Pittsburgh has been declared a “no-drive zone” by the city council.
The city council announced Tuesday that it will no longer allow car rentals in Pittsburgh, as the city’s mayor, Bill Peduto, and city officials have been working on a plan to end the citywide ban.
The council’s decision came after more than 20,000 residents wrote in a petition calling for the city to ban cars from the streets.
Peduto said Tuesday the city will not enforce the ban, which has been in place since March.
The council decided to ban rentals, a city spokeswoman said, as a precaution because it’s expected to take several weeks for the system to be fully operational.
“We are concerned about the negative impact on the local economy that this will have on our rental car rental industry, especially the Pittsburgh area, which is already facing a shortage of rental cars,” Mayor Peduto wrote in the letter.
“Therefore, we have decided to take this precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the city and its residents, as well as to protect our infrastructure.”
The council will meet again in June to decide how to enforce the policy, said Janie M. Bockholt, a spokeswoman for the council.
“This is not a new issue.
It’s been on the books since at least December 2014,” she said.
“The city is making this decision in order to ensure that the public is aware of the impact the city is already having on our economy.”
In an email, a spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs said that the council’s action was a precautionary move because of the high number of complaints about car rental stations throughout the city.
“Since the council took action, the number of requests to stop parking and parking enforcement has declined significantly, with no signs of any new enforcement activity,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesman said the city has made more than 600 traffic stops, more than half of which were for parking violations.
The spokesperson also said the council was not considering the impact on business in the city as the ban is already in place.
“No new business is expected to start or continue in the City of Pittsburgh for the next two months,” the spokesman said.