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.
May 11, 2015 in Legislative
Uber and Lyft may become legal at Los Angeles International Airport, according to the Los Angeles Times. City officials have drafted a plan to legalize the ride-sharing services at the airport by summer.
May 6, 2015 in Legislative
U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have introduced S. 1164, the Ending Discriminatory Rental Car Taxes on Automobile Renters (EDSTAR) Act, to prohibit states from imposing new taxes on rental cars.
May 5, 2015 in Legislative, Rental Operations
On May 1, the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives by a bipartisan group of legislators.This legislation is backed by ACRA, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) and several other auto safety groups.
May 5, 2015 in Legislative
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has filed legislation to institute a statewide regulatory structure for transportation network companies, such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. The bill will set stronger standards for safety and close potential insurance gaps.
April 15, 2015 in Legislative
David Purinton, owner and president of PurCo Fleet Services Inc., received this year's Russell Bruno Award for outstanding service to the auto rental industry.
March 24, 2015 in Legislative, Rental Operations
The Curb Auto Rental Taxes (CART) Coalition, a group of national organizations dedicated to protecting consumers from discriminatory car rental excise taxes, has announced that U.S. Representatives Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) have reintroduced HR 1528, the End Discriminatory State Taxes for Automobile Renters Act (EDSTAR).
March 23, 2015 in Legislative
A Calgary City Council committee has voted in favor of a parking policy that would limit the number of carshare vehicles allowed to park in the city's metered zones.
February 25, 2015 in Legislative
At a press conference last week, the American Car Rental Association (ACRA) joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind in support of passing legislation that would require rental car agencies to fix safety defects before renting vehicles subject to a recall.
February 19, 2015 in Legislative, Rental Operations
Carsharing customers in Florida are now paying a $1 per-use tax versus the previous $2 surcharge. According to Enterprise Holdings, it supports this tax cut because it helps draw attention to unfair excise taxes.
December 30, 2014 in Legislative
The U.S. government lost $9.26 billion in its financial rescue of the auto industry, and closed out its last investment earlier this month six years after initiating the plan.
September 10, 2014 in Legislative
Sharon Faulkner, executive director of the American Car Rental Association (ACRA), and several ACRA board members traveled to Washington, D.C., today to update legislators on the rental car industry and continue the fight against rental car excise taxes.
September 3, 2014 in Legislative
Uber, a mobile-application-based company that connects customers with vehicle drivers, has been temporarily banned by a regional court in Germany.
By Wesley D. Hurst and Leslie Pujo, August 2014 in Legislative
Rental car companies should consider lessons learned from past class-action lawsuits and how they apply to changing technology.
July 23, 2014 in Legislative
A New Jersey Federal Court has given final approval of a proposed class-action settlement filed by plaintiffs Susan Doherty and Dwight Simonsen in 2009 (Doherty and Simonsen v Hertz Corp., et al.) .
By Richard D. Alaniz, July 2014 in Legislative
When dealing with employee litigation, employers can turn to another legal process: arbitration agreements. A pending court case illustrates the issues.
June 25, 2014 in Legislative
Reps. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) offered the HR 2543 bill — known as the End Discriminatory State Taxes on Automobile Renters Act (EDSTAR) — as an amendment during a House Judiciary Committee on June 18.
June 24, 2014 in Legislative
Likely to result in potential lawsuits over coverage, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) is opposed to a N.Y. bill that would regulate insurance coverage involved with car-sharing programs.
June 20, 2014 in Legislative
A judge of Arizona’s Maricopa County Superior Court has ruled that a car rental tax can’t help pay off the Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Taxes imposed on the use of vehicles are restricted to funding road construction, maintenance and related purposes.
June 3, 2014 in Legislative
The $15 hourly wage would be the highest minimum wage in the nation. The International Franchise Association (IFA) is filing a lawsuit.
June 3, 2014 in Legislative, Rental Operations
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced its approval of the sale of 12 Advantage Rent A Car locations to Avis Budget Car Rental LLC and 10 locations to The Hertz Corp.
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