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.


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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ACRA Practices Customer Service Skills in Politics

As a lobbyist for the car rental industry, the American Car Rental Association (ACRA) presents customer service skills when communicating car rental companies' needs and wants to government officials.

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SF Legislation Looks to Reduce Rental Car Break-Ins

The proposed legislation would prohibit rental car companies from leaving visible barcodes and advertisements on vehicles, which supposedly attract thieves. But is the cure worse than the disease?

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Lawsuit Claims Uber Used Scheme to Defraud Drivers, Passengers

A proposed class-action lawsuit claims the ride-hailing app manipulates the navigation data that calculates the fare amount for its users as well as the amount reported and paid to its drivers.

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What Trump's Parental Leave Proposal Means to Businesses

President Trump is proposing six weeks of paid maternity leave for women whose companies don’t offer paid time off. It's time for car rental operators to understand this plan's impact on their companies.

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FTC Approves Final Orders Against Dealers for Failing to Disclose Recalls

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved final consent orders with CarMax, Asbury Automotive Group, and West-Herr Automotive Group, settling charges that they touted how rigorously they inspect their used cars, yet failed to adequately disclose that some of the cars were subject to unrepaired safety recalls.

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San Francisco Sues Hertz for Charging High Toll Fees

San Francisco’s City Attorney Dennis Herrera has sued the Hertz Corp. and its business partner American Traffic Solutions for charging customers the undiscounted toll rate of $7.50 — as well as up to $24.75 in extra fees — to cross the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Dubai Rental Companies Can’t Keep Customers’ IDs

According to the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, car rental companies are barred from keeping passports or identification cards of their customers. Additionally, new regulations on issuing permits to rental companies were announced.

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Minn. Bill Cuts Carsharing Taxes, Not Rental

Minnesota’s Senate Tax Committee has passed a bill that would exempt carsharing from the higher tax rates charged on traditional vehicle rentals.

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BVRLA Calls for Revisions to Vehicle Excise Duty Changes

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association’s report has found that the U.K.’s new vehicle excise duty (VED) regime is going to hit the car rental industry with a 400% tax increase.

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