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.


Los Angeles Pushes for Legalization of Uber, Lyft at LAX

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.

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Senators Introduce Bill to Curb Rental Car Taxes

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.

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ACRA, Auto Safety Groups Support Car Rental Recall Bill

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.

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Massachusetts Legislation Introduces Framework for TNCs

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.

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David Purinton Wins Russell Bruno Award

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.

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Congressmen Reintroduce Bill to End Discriminatory Rental Taxes

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).

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Calgary Votes to Limit Carsharing Parking

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.

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Rental Car Industry Joins NHTSA in Support of Safe Rental Act

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.

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Florida CarShare Tax Cut in Half

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.

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Feds Close Books on Auto Bailout

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.

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ACRA Fights for Rental Industry on Capitol Hill

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.

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Court Bans Uber in Germany

Uber, a mobile-application-based company that connects customers with vehicle drivers, has been temporarily banned by a regional court in Germany.

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Class Lessons: Learning from Class Actions

Rental car companies should consider lessons learned from past class-action lawsuits and how they apply to changing technology.

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Court Approves $11M Hertz, ATS Settlement

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.) .

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Minimize Lawsuits Through Arbitration Agreements

When dealing with employee litigation, employers can turn to another legal process: arbitration agreements. A pending court case illustrates the issues.

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Congressmen Support Bill to End Discriminatory Car Rental Taxes

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.

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Insurance Companies Oppose N.Y. Car-Sharing Bill

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.

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Car Rental Tax Can’t Fund Stadium, Says Judge

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.

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Seattle City Council Passes $15 Minimum Wage Plan

The $15 hourly wage would be the highest minimum wage in the nation. The International Franchise Association (IFA) is filing a lawsuit.

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Court Approves Advantage Sales to Avis, Hertz

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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Car Rental’s Call to Action on Autonomous Vehicles

The car rental industry has built-in advantages to support a world with driverless cars, but it needs to take the next step in partnering with autonomous vehicle stakeholders.

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Rentals and Terrorist Activity: Time to Hone the Plan

Terrorist activity is frequently tied to a rental vehicle. In today’s heightened risk environment and the potential for terrorism from within, local operators need to hone an action plan.

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