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.


Massachusetts to Conduct Uber and Lyft Background Checks a Year Early

The state’s new agreement with Uber and Lyft will ban drivers who do not pass or follow the background check system by April 3.

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Car Rental Companies to Face Vehicle Excise Tax Increase in the UK

The UK government plans to roll out a vehicle excise tax in 2017 that will result in an increase for car rental companies.

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ACRA Takes the Capitol

The American Car Rental Association convened its third annual "Day on the Hill" to discuss with legislators the issues directly affecting car rental operators today.

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ACRA Makes Strides to Broaden Government Relations Footprint

The American Car Rental Association highlights several examples of how it has served its members in 2016 through governmental relations federally as well as being active in state policy matters.

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Car Rental Q&A: How Do I Develop Relationships With Local, State, And Federal Lawmakers?

A car rental operator asks for tips on how to get involved with government agencies and how to develop relationships with local, state, and federal lawmakers.

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Why Do We Visit Capitol Hill?

Members of ACRA met with legislators in Washington, D.C. in September. Here's why bringing the message to this forum matters.

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Rent-A-Wreck's Pat Bowie Visits Capitol Hill

Pat Bowie, the director of training and development for International Franchise Systems (IFS), owners of the Rent-A-Wreck, Priceless, and Nextcar brands, recently visited Capitol Hill with the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Maryland team.

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McDonald's Corp. Settles Franchise Employment Case

McDonald's Corp. recently settled a case involving a claim that it was a joint employer along with one of its franchisees. This case illustrates why franchisors — in other industries like car rental — need to make sure that their staff understands who is really considered their employer.

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Franchisor, Franchisee, and Vicarious Liability

In what ways can a franchisor be held liable for the actions of its franchisees? We take a look at recent vicarious liability claims involving franchises in other industries that may inform car rental.

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A Call to Action for Franchisees

Franchisees — the epitomy of small businesses — have played a key role in the legislative processes that have shaped car rental. Former franchisee Michael DeLorenzo shares how he got involved and helped to get a bill signed that eliminated a titling tax in Maryland.

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Voting and the Workplace: How to Stay in Compliance with State, Federal Laws

Employers need to understand their obligations regarding allowing employees to take time off to vote, whether they can encourage or dissuade them to vote for specific candidates, and if political paraphernalia is allowed in the workplace.

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Lobbying is Selling But to a Different Audience

Many of the steps you would use to prepare a traditional business pitch go into preparing for a policy pitch to elected officials.

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Safe Rental Car Act Effective Today

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), starting today rental car agencies must fix any and all open safety defects before renting out vehicles to customers.

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Leslie Pujo Joins Plave Koch Franchise Law Practice

Leslie Pujo, an attorney that specializes in vehicle rental law and franchise law, has joined Plave Koch PLC, a franchise law practice located in Reston, Va.

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Assessing the Impact of Changes to Overtime Rules in 2016

In addition to an increased number of recent wage and hour filings in federal court, the Department of Labor is proposing a dramatic revamping of the "white collar" exemptions test. Are you prepared?

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Autonomous Vehicles: Understanding Liability for Car Rental (Part II)

To date, the car rental industry has been mostly left out of the picture regarding autonomous vehicles and liability. It's time to consider these issues well before autonomous vehicles are deployed.

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The Challenge to Comply

Before the enactment of the Safe Rental Car Act, our industry needs guidance on the ambiguous areas of the law, and NHTSA needs to enact common sense fixes to allow our industry to fully comply and protect the public.

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Safe Rental Car Act Passes as Part of Highway Bill

The recall bill will become law on June 1, 2016. The law exempts companies with rental or loaner fleets of fewer than 35 vehicles.

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The Path to Passage of the Recall Bill

The successful passage of recall legislation was the result of consensus building, working with legislators and understanding what car rental customers want.

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Fed Raises Interest Rates by Quarter-Percentage Point

The Federal Reserve announces the first rise in U.S. interest rates since 2006. This marks the end of a seven-year monetary policy to hold the rate near zero.

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