Help Strengthen The ACRA Network

At this year’s Car Rental Show in Las Vegas, ACRA updated attendees on the hot legislative issues affecting our industry around the 50 states. As you heard, there were proposals from Florida and New York to Illinois, Hawaii, Texas and California … and on and on. And these are on top of the congressional activity in Washington, D.C.

A key component of our industry’s success is and will continue to be our ability to be as unified as possible on key issues. ACRA Board Member Frank Colonna urged attendees to not only get involved legislatively, but to also work together — yes, with competitors — on public policy issues that impact us all.

McKenzie Spalding of Choice Auto Rental sits to the left of Sen. Roger Chamberlain (R-Minn.) during the Senate Commerce Committee hearing regarding Minnesota's anti-steering bill. Spalding's work at a state level speaks to the opportunities open to ACRA's newly created State Director positions.
McKenzie Spalding of Choice Auto Rental sits to the left of Sen. Roger Chamberlain (R-Minn.) during the Senate Commerce Committee hearing regarding Minnesota's anti-steering bill. Spalding's work at a state level speaks to the opportunities open to ACRA's newly created State Director positions.

Additionally, we heard several industry veterans further underscore the point about the importance of relationships and that we, as an industry, need to be engaged at all levels of government. “All politics is local,” said ACRA Board Member Bob Muhs of Avis-Budget Group.

And Ray Wagner of Enterprise Holdings, the 2013 Russell Bruno Award winner, reminded us that “if we aren’t at the table, then likely we’re on the menu.” Very true, particularly when it comes to excise taxes.

This year has been an extremely active legislative season for the car rental industry across the land. And there is no reason to believe that future years will be any less hectic. ACRA continues to be there to support our initiatives.

However, while ACRA has more than 250 members, it has only one staff person, Sharon Faulkner. And since human cloning is an impossibility (not that ACRA supports human cloning if it were), Sharon cannot be in multiple places at the same time.

So … ACRA is calling on you. We are looking for a few good car rental operators to step forward and become ACRA State Directors.

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  1. bill [ September 22, 2013 @ 07:16PM ]

    below is an @mail that I sent today and hoping that if cc enough people someone, somewhere might notice.

    It was my understanding. according to your latest promotion, you rent cars to for people that don't own a credit card

    I do not have a visa card but rather a virtual visa debit card (from Royal Bank) and can not seem to take advantage of your promotion
    I live downtown and do not own a car but would like to use a car once in a while

    . My driving record is completely clean and have money.

    The Royal Bank indicated these cards work for car rentals. Are they wrong or was this promotion between you and the bank inaccurate?? It did not work in San Fransico or Vancover. I filled out a form for Go2cars this past summer on the water front (where I live) and was told it be worked out

    . Why does Royal Bank and car rentals companies promote something that does"t work

    I had presumed all car rental companies had worked this out before and all promotion and the advertising space in newspapers, subways and radio space where accurate.
    You know how @mails go and of course I expect No response from you.

    Surprise me!

  2. bill [ September 22, 2013 @ 07:16PM ]

    below is an @mail that I sent today and hoping that if cc enough people someone, somewhere might notice.

    It was my understanding. according to your latest promotion, you rent cars to for people that don't own a credit card

    I do not have a visa card but rather a virtual visa debit card (from Royal Bank) and can not seem to take advantage of your promotion
    I live downtown and do not own a car but would like to use a car once in a while

    . My driving record is completely clean and have money.

    The Royal Bank indicated these cards work for car rentals. Are they wrong or was this promotion between you and the bank inaccurate?? It did not work in San Fransico or Vancover. I filled out a form for Go2cars this past summer on the water front (where I live) and was told it be worked out

    . Why does Royal Bank and car rentals companies promote something that does"t work

    I had presumed all car rental companies had worked this out before and all promotion and the advertising space in newspapers, subways and radio space where accurate.
    You know how @mails go and of course I expect No response from you.

    Surprise me!

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