Thrifty makes free vehicles available to Australia's healthcare workers

06 May 2020
PLH Thrifty free car rental
PLH Thrifty free car rental

Thrifty Australia is today urging healthcare workers across Australia to contact the organisation and access a free car rental to keep them safe on their journey to and from the frontline.

NRMA-owned Thrifty Australia is supporting healthcare heroes with free vehicles at selected locations across Australia between April 20 and July 15 on a four-week basis with the option to extend.

Australia’s tourism sector has been impacted heavily by the Coronavirus and Thrifty has not been immune to its affect. The lockdown’s dramatic impact on tourism and people movement has left much of Thrifty’s fleet available.

Thrifty CEO Graham Ward said with heavy shift work and a reduction in public transport it was important to keep our healthcare heroes moving safely and efficiently at this critical time.

“Australia’s healthcare workers are the real heroes on the frontline and we know they are at greater risk because they are working so hard to protect us. While they have responded with courage and compassion we want to acknowledge the enormous pressure they are under by making life easier for them to get the job done,” Mr Ward said.

‘Healthcare workers across the country who need a free car should contact Thrifty to avail of this free service so they know they have options when it comes to traveling to and from work in comfort and privacy. To help ease their stress our healthcare heroes can reserve a vehicle of their choice for up to four weeks at a time, with an option to extend if necessary.”

Thrifty are also helping Foodbank by providing much needed vehicles for their food deliveries.

The offer is part of the NRMA’s broader community response to the COVID-19 crisis. Healthcare workers have been designated as a priority for NRMA roadside assistance with NRMA patrols posted near all major hospitals to respond to breakdowns. The NRMA is also partnering with key community groups to mobilise its workforce to deliver a range of support services to help at-risk people in social isolation.

NRMA Group CEO Rohan Lund said the idea of the NRMA Group playing a role during times of adversity was not new to the business and echoed its response to the Great Depression and World War II.

“Across the NRMA Group of businesses we are looking to support those on the frontline and those in our community who are most vulnerable and so we encourage healthcare workers who may need a car to reach out to Thrifty Australia.,” Mr Lund said.

Healthcare workers do not need to be NRMA Members to access this offer. All they have to do is book online or call 1300 367 227 and provide their driver's licence, relevant personal details and Health Department employee identification at vehicle pick up. The offer does not cover the cost of fuel, tolls and optional extras.