On March 15, 2011, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Dennis C. Moss urging the Florida Legislature to regulate rental car SunPass fees and charges.
The resolution addresses the following:
1. Urges the Florida Legislature to impose reasonable limits on the fees that can be charged to individuals renting cars and using electronic tolling, and in particular to limit the administrative fees that can be charged for tolls when the renter opts not to pay for daily or weekly plans for tolls that rental car companies offer.
2. Urges the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to negotiate more consumer-friendly agreements related to electronic tolling and rental cars, and in particular to limit the administrative fees that can be charged for tolls when the renter opts not to pay for daily or weekly plans for tolls that rental car companies offer.
3. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the Resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation and the Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation.
4. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to advocate for the changes spelled out in the Resolution and to amend the 2011 state legislative package to include this item.
The commissioner sponsored the item after becoming aware of a rental car company that charged a $50 fee to cover the cost of $1.50 in toll charges, for two unpaid tolls.
Commissioner Moss stated, “It became very obvious to me that tourists and visitors to our county who are not familiar with our SunPass system and choose not to purchase the daily or weekly plans for tolls that rental car companies offer, are being charged excessive administrative fees. This leaves a negative impression in the minds of our tourists who will have nothing but bad things to say about our community back home when they get hit with these unreasonable and outrageous charges. This negatively impacts our tourism industry, which we depend on in Miami-Dade County.”