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.


International Car Rental Show Highlights Sixt's U.S. Plans, Growth in China, Mobility Solutions

With attendees hailing from far away locations such as New Zealand, Israel, Macedonia, Finland, and Sri Lanka, the 23rd annual ICRS provided industry players with the chance to learn, educate, and share ideas about the future of the rental world.

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LA City Council Unanimously Approves $4.9B LAX People Mover Contract

The Automated People Mover is the centerpiece of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), which also includes a Consolidated Rent-a-Car ConRAC facility.

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City-Mandated Fare Increases Cause Concern for Ridehailing, Taxis

Uber and Lyft drivers in Seattle and New York City are worried that base fare increases will deter people from using ride-hailing apps.

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Fearing Monopoly, Competition Commissions Investigate Grab's Uber Acquisition

Officials in two countries are investigating whether Grab's acquisition of Uber's Southeast Asia operations violates various antitrust laws.

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Uber Settles in Fatal Autonomous Crash

Uber has halted all testing for self-driving vehicles after what is considered the first fatality by an autonomous car.

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UK Rental Organization Urges Counterterrorism Measures

A report by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association found that about 15.5 million car rentals are made in the UK each year, making terrorist attacks using rental vehicles more common because they are inconspicuous.

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Arizona Suspends Uber's Autonomous Vehicle Testing

Uber's autonomous division also indicated to the California DMV that it will not renew its permits in the state for self-driving vehicle testing.

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Rental Counter in India Opens Under Police Security

No violence or altercations occurred between officials and the United Taximen Association.

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Alabama Car Rental Tax Bill Awaiting Governor's Signature

Revenue from the tax increase, estimated to be $3 million annually, will help fund the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex project.

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NLRB Overturns Joint Employer Rule

According to Richard Alaniz, a partner at Cruickshank & Alaniz, a labor and employment firm, there are many open questions as a result of the decision, which could affect car rental franchises.

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Arizona Court Rules in Favor of Rental Tax Surcharge

The surcharge is projected to fund about $14.1 million of the $54.8 million total revenue from the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority for the fiscal year.

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Sunday Deadline for 'Saudization' of Car Rental Jobs to Be Enforced, Government Says

Car rental offices that employ non-citizens will be heavily fined, with increasing fines for each additional violation

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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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