Rental Legislation & Regulation

The Legislative Channel covers legislation and regulation concerning the car and truck rental industry, car rental excise taxes, legal issues and American Car Rental Association initiatives.


Toronto Delays car2go Parking Program

The pilot program would provide 2,000 permits that would allow vehicles to use permit parking spots for a year.

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Alabama Senate Passes Rental Tax Bill

The bill will add a 3% tax to all car rentals and leases in Jefferson County.

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Hollywood Testing City-Backed Carsharing Pilot

The pilot program is awaiting final approval and signature of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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Bandago Owner Tracks Stolen Rental Van, Working to Rewrite Calif. Rental Laws

After spotting a van stolen from his rental company, Bandango Van Rentals CEO Sharky Laguana tracked and reclaimed the vehicle. Now, he's hoping to make it easier for other rental operators to reclaim their stolen property.

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Maui County Proposes Car Rental Tax to Fund Construction Projects

The tax would add $4.50 to the existing rental fee of $3 per vehicle, per day.

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New Jersey Congressman Introduces Anti-Terrorism Rental Act

The legislation would require vehicle dealers and rental agencies to provide information to the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center to identify potential terrorist matches.

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City Attorney Files Lawsuit Against Turo, Alleges Permit Violations at SFO

Despite relinquishing its permits in August 2017, Turo has continued to operate at the airport and actively markets its services to SFO travelers.

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NYC Car Share Eliminating Available Street Parking, Residents Say

In a statement, city officials said that program will decrease the number of cars on the road, and thus decrease the number of vehicles fighting for a parking spot.

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Rental Privacy Case Heads to Supreme Court

The case involves the privacy rights of rental car drivers who have permission to operate a vehicle but whose names are not on the rental agreement.

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Avoiding Electronic Toll Collection Pitfalls

Recent customer complaints, class action claims, and legislation regarding car rental electronic toll collections raise the need for best practices when it comes to education and disclosures.

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ACRA Works — And I've Seen It

Bill Plamondon, vice president of ACRA, reflects on his more than 40 years in the industry and how ACRA has played a role in supporting the industry, especially from a legislative front.

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Uber CEO Apologizes for Loss of London License

Transport for London didn't renew Uber's license to operate, citing various issues with the ride-hailing service. Uber's license in London expired on Sept. 30.

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ACRA Convenes Fourth D.C. Day on the Hill

American Car Rental Association (ACRA) members visited senators, congressmen, and their staffs to learn more on issues such as excise taxes, like-kind exchanges, and data control in autonomous vehicles.

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Seattle Airport Rental Employees Get $2M in Back Pay

Hertz and Thrifty will pay nearly $2 million to its Seattle-Tacoma International Airport employees in back pay owed under SeaTac’s minimum wage law, according to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

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New Law Removes Damage Waiver Caps in Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner approved the bill that removes the damage waiver cap on car rental transactions in the state.

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Duck or Unicorn: When is a Rental Car Not a Rental Car?

Peer-to-peer car rental companies claim they aren't the same as traditional car rental companies.

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ACRA Announces D.C. Legislative Conference

The American Car Rental Association (ACRA)’s fourth annual D.C. Legislative Conference will be taking place from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13. Issues being debated include car rental excise taxes, autonomous vehicles, and federal tax reform.

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Bill to Help Uber, Lyft Re-Enter Texas Markets

Texas legislature approved HB 100, a bill that eliminates local ordinances for transportation network companies (TNCs). This legislation will help Lyft to re-enter Houston and for both Uber and Lyft to re-enter Austin, Corpus Christi, and Galveston.

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ACRA Discusses Autonomous Vehicles at Capitol Hill

The American Car Rental Association’s (ACRA) Mobility Task Force held a “Day in D.C.” to promote the car rental industry’s interest in the public policy debate on the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles.

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ICRS 2017: The Future is Now

This year's International Car Rental Show (ICRS) addressed the shifting dynamics in transportation with a blueprint on how car rental operators can take advantage.

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