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.


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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2017 International Car Rental Show: Preparing for the Future

The keynote presentations for this year's ICRS will address the fundamental shifts in transportation, while the seminars, roundtables, and exhibits will demonstrate ways operators can improve their businesses today.

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ACRA: Let's Partner in Forming Mobility Policy

As technology continues to advance, ACRA commits to being the voice of the car rental industry in shaping mobility policy, including autonomous vehicles.

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Upstate New York Passes New Ride-Hailing Bill

The bill will lower taxes on ride-hailing rides to 2% and will force transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft to have their drivers undergo background checks.

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Prominent Political Consultant to Deliver ACRA Session Speech

Providing insight on government affairs, Bill Marion of Purdue Marion & Associates will deliver the American Car Rental Association’s general session speech at the 2017 International Car Rental Show.

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Off-Airport Operator Banned from Using Airport Public Parking

An independent rental operator is looking for answers after Palm Springs International Airport suddenly prohibited off-airport rental companies from using its public parking lot.

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Court Rules Chicago Can’t Impose Tax on Suburban Car Rentals

The Illinois Supreme Court told Chicago to stop collecting taxes on suburban car rental companies that may rent cars for use within city limits. The way that Chicago imposes the tax violates the home rule article of the state constitution.

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Top 10 Auto Rental News Articles of 2016

The top 10 Auto Rental News feature articles of 2016 covered several topics including how new legislation will affect the car rental industry, franchising, corporate sales, and sustainability efforts.

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Britain’s Rental and Leasing Sector Continues to Grow

Since the end of 2015, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has a 16% increase in members. The association currently has more than 900 members.

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Uber Ends Self-Driving Pilot in San Francisco

The California DMV revoked the registrations on the 16 self-driving Volvo XC90s that Uber was using in its pilot program. Uber will move the vehicles to Arizona.

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Calif. Ride-Hailing Drivers Can Now Use Rented Vehicles

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved regulations allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to use rental vehicles. The CPUC redefined rental vehicles as personal vehicles for ride-hailing drivers.

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CarMax and Other Dealers Fail to Disclose Unrepaired Recalls

Despite highlighting their inspections, the Federal Trade Commission alleges that CarMax, West-Herr Automotive Group, and Asbury Automotive Group failed to adequately disclose that some of their vehicles had open recalls, including the Takata airbag defect.

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