[NFBWATLK] Renting a car as a blind Washingtonian

Crystal Jones crystal.leann.jones at gmail.com
Tue Jun 18 00:04:54 UTC 2019


Luckily, I have had no issue paying for a rental car, so long as I had a licensed driver that met the rental car company‘s policies. I think the bigger issue you will have is finding a car rental for a driver who is only 18 years old. From what I have read, only two states have laws that require rental car companies to rent cars to drivers 18 years or older. For the rest, it is at the companies discretion and Minnie seem to set the age at 21 years old and require additional fees if driver is under 25.

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> On Jun 17, 2019, at 4:53 PM, Nightingale, Noel via NFBWATLK <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
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> In the 1990s I had to file a complaint with the U.s. Department of Justice for a rental car company to let me rent a car using a licensed sighted driver who was in his 30s.  Scott LaBarre represented me in that case, which resolved in my favor.  I did not have to deal with a young driver issue, though.
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> Noel
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> From: NFBWATLK <nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Jamal Mazrui via NFBWATLK
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> Subject: [NFBWATLK] Renting a car as a blind Washingtonian
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> In the state of Washington, can a blind person over 21 (with government ID), rent a car that would be driven by a driver who is 18?  The driver has a license from New York.
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> A brother of mine, who is also blind, will be visiting for a few days this summer, along with his son, who has a NY driver license.  If possible, I would like to rent a car, e.g., from SeaTac airport, for which I would pay during their visit, but which would be driven by my nephew.
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> Based on web searches, it seems that one has to be at least 21 to rent a car in Washington.  Although I have not done so myself before, I recall that, under ADA, a blind person, who is otherwise qualified, can rent a car.  I do not know, however, what conditions must be met for the driver of the car.
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> Any clarifications or links would be appreciated.
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> Jamal
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