Albert Willis of St. John Car Rental said 60 to 70 rental cars a day are coming across on the ferry, the St. John Source reported.
St. John’s rental business operates under a quota of 625 cars. However, the director of the MVB, Jerris Browne, said only 560 cars are registered, suggesting as many as 10% of the slots are not being used. He promised a survey to see which companies are not using all their car authorizations. Then, he will allocate unused slots to companies which can use them.
Naturally, when you talk about cars you’re also talking about parking. Public parking is scarce on the island, as evidenced by the fact two paid parking lots opened in the past year. Some rental companies told the Motor Vehicle Director that increasing the quota wouldn’t greatly affect parking since cars coming over from St. Thomas are already being accommodated.
At least one rental agency on St,. Thomas, Hertz, prohibits its cars coming across to St. John. It’s believed other companies’ contracts may have the same prohibition but they don’t enforce it.
Read the full Source story here: http://stjohnsource.com/content/news/local-news/2009/08/05/st-john-car-rental-companies-want-increase-quota