Hawaii ups overnight of peer-to-peer car rental sites like Turo

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Taxation has been boosting its monitoring of peer-to-peer car rentals.

The industry operates with the help of apps like Turo, which people can use to rent their personal cars to others.

Department Director Isaac Choy told Hawaii Public Radio that residents should do research before doing so.

One thing to know, he said, is that Hawaii law requires taxes and a rental car surcharge to be collected on every vehicle.

“I think it’s along the lines of vacation rentals and everything. Everybody’s trying to make a little extra money,” Choy said. “Peer-to-peer cars, I don’t know if it’s going to be the next big thing, but it’s going to be a thing and we just want to make sure that if you’re renting your car that you’re being really, really fair with any commercial car rental operation.”

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