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Thrifty secures government rental car contract

17 April 2014

Thrifty secures government rental car contract

Thrifty Car Rental has won a key government contract to provide vehicle rentals to all New Zealand government agencies.

The tender was granted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and is the first “All-of-Government” agreement for car rental services.

Thrifty’s General Manager Emma Gardiner says the deal is a win- win for both parties. “Thrifty have the scale, level of service and range of vehicles that the various government departments and agencies require. We have successfully delivered a quality car rental service to a number of government departments for many years and it is a great privilege to have an official appointed status as a preferred car rental provider.”

Thrifty predicts the contract will have multiple flow-on effects for the business. Ms Gardiner anticipates the deal will drive growth, increase staffing and expand the fleet offering. It will also have the additional benefit of smoothing out the seasonal highs and lows experienced by those in the travel business with the government work supplementing domestic leisure and international business.

Thrifty’s commitment to safe and fuel efficient vehicles is in line with the government’s commitment to sustainability. The contract will also ensure that all government agencies have the most cost-effective car rental service.

The initial term of the contract is three years.

Thrifty Car Rental is 100% owned by NRMA Motoring & Services.

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Since 2010, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has established a number of All-of-Government (AoG) contracts, ranging from electricity to computers and advertising to air travel.

Collaborative contracts, including AoG and Common Capability contracts, establish a single supply agreement between government and approved suppliers for goods and services.
Benefits include:
• cost-savings to agencies, the government and New Zealanders
• productivity gains for agencies and suppliers
• improved competition.

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