Media Statement

Wednesday 25 July 2018


Europcar Australia acknowledges the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) announcement today to institute civil proceedings against Europcar Australia relating to allegations that Europcar contravened the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 by unintentional overcharging of debit card fees in the period between July 2017 and 5 November 2017.

Europcar can confirm that customers who paid by debit card in the two month period from 1 September 2017 to 5 November 2017 were unintentionally overcharged and were fully refunded the difference in credit and debit card fees as soon as the data was available to identify and correct this issue.

This impacted 22,602 customers who were overcharged by a total of $20,294. The amounts refunded ranged from $0.01 to $18.33, with an average of 89 cents per customer.

With regards to the ACCC allegations relating to the period July to August 2017, we believe that we complied with the Reserve Bank Standard in relation to that period and will be taking this into account as part of our review of the claims made against Europcar.

We have fully co-operated with the ACCC since it commenced its investigation in October 2017. At every step we have sought to not only do the right thing by our customers but to also work openly, cooperatively and transparently with the ACCC to identify and correct this issue and to ensure the best possible outcome for all of our customers.

Europcar has worked closely with its financial institution and the regulator to ensure that its systems are compliant with changes to the rules relating to surcharge rates on debit and credit card transactions and that any modifications were fully implemented. We conducted our own thorough analysis to assist in ensuring compliance with these changed rules.

Unfortunately, the data available to us at the time and the global reservations system we had in place meant we unintentionally overcharged customers who paid via debit cards in the two month period from 1 September 2017 to 5 November 2017. Once this issue was identified and the data from our financial institution was available, we were able to identify and correct instances where this had occurred, Europcar immediately refunded those customers impacted.

While this action by the ACCC is disappointing given we have been transparent with the ACCC on this issue and promptly refunded all impacted customers, we remain absolutely committed to delivering the best value experience for our customers and as such, we look forward to presenting our defence in this case.


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Europcar response to ACCC allegations

Monday 10 November 2014


Europcar has invested substantial resources in making the booking process fully transparent and user friendly and has attempted to engage with the ACCC as part of an industry-wide review and enquiry into the car rental industry. We are disappointed that the ACCC has taken this action and it will be robustly defended.


In particular, Europcar rejects comments in the ACCC's media statement that, irrespective of fault, charging the Damage Liability Fee for damage, theft or third party loss is unfair and it will strenuously oppose any attempt by the ACCC to prevent Europcar charging this fee. Full details will be set out in Europcar’s defence when the matter goes to court.


The ACCC has also alleged that Europcar's terms and conditions make a customer liable for a breach of the rental terms and conditions that may be trivial. It has always been Europcar policy that any potential breach of the Rental Contract is treated seriously and occurs only after review by senior management.


It is also alleged that Europcar has engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and made false or misleading representations on its website. These allegations are denied. Full disclosure of what a customer would be liable for if there is loss or damage to the rental vehicle or third party loss is contained on Europcar's website.


Europcar constantly strives to improve the experience of our customers and we are proud of our reputation for commitment to quality of service. 

Media Statement

Tuesday 19 April


Europcar welcomes today’s findings of the Federal Court in relation to the ACCC action. We are encouraged by the court judgement which acknowledged our high level of cooperation with the ACCC and agreement from both parties that the conduct was not deliberate and corrected as soon as we were advised by the ACCC. 
Europcar Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Ron Santiago, said, “We are always working to make the experience of our customers better and to protect them before, during and after their trip. And we have always and will continue to have a very productive and collaborative relationship with the ACCC with a view to achieving the best possible outcome for our customers, a view reflected in today’s judgement.” 
In 2014, the ACCC took court action to seek a declaration that some of the Europcar 2013 Terms and Conditions of Rental were unfair with respect of vehicle damage and third party loss. 
As referenced in the findings by Justice Gilmour, when advised of these issues, Europcar acknowledged that there were a limited number of terms that could be deemed unfair and acted promptly to issue new terms and conditions from February 2015, limiting this issue to a short period. 
In addition, the ACCC court action sought declaration that between December 2013 and 3 July 2014 parts of its website that referred to the maximum payable for the Damage Liability Fee and its cover products were false and misleading. Again, when alerted to this, Europcar moved quickly to correct this information, which was rectified within five days of being informed.
“Europcar has always and continues to cooperate fully with the ACCC and has been proactive in discussions and correspondence with the ACCC in relation to the issues raised. In fact, the judgement makes reference to the, ‘open and responsive engagement with the ACCC’s concerns, from the moment they were first raised through to and including the ultimate resolution of these proceedings’,” said Mr Santiago. 
“At Europcar we have invested significantly in reviewing and updating our own policies, processes and documentation so that these are as user-friendly and transparent as possible. We’re extremely confident that our Terms and Conditions are now industry leading and we are always looking for ways to raise the bar and improve the experience for our customers.
“We know our customers want transparency, they want certainty and they want the best products and the best service delivered efficiently. 
We are committed to delivering a safe quality experience for all our customers because we want them to keep coming back.”
Click here to see the court order and reasons for judgement.

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