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.


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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Safe Rental Car Act Passes as Part of Highway Bill

The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act was signed into law on Dec. 4 as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (H.R. 22).

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ACRA Backs Highway Bill's Car Rental Recall Provisions

The American Car Rental Association (ACRA) commended the House and Senate conferees for including The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act in the federal highway bill conference report filed yesterday.

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ACRA Opposes Amendment to Recall Bill

The American Car Rental Association (ACRA) opposes the amendment that exempts car dealers from grounding recalled vehicles in their rental fleets.

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Traditional and Peer-to-Peer: Let's Work Together for Better Regulation

Peer-to-peer carsharing companies and traditional car rental should play by the same rules. Together, let's work to modify regulations that are unfair to our businesses and customers so we all can compete for business.

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CarAmigo Reaches Fiscal Agreement with Belgian Government

CarAmigo, a peer-to-peer carsharing service with a mobile platform, reached an agreement with the Belgian government regarding the potential taxation of carsharing users.

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Europcar Australia Advocates for Improved Rental Industry Standards

Europcar, Hertz and other Australian-based rental car companies have joined with the Australian Fleet Lessors Association (AFLA) to push for improving rental car industry standards and building a stronger relationship with the government to drive reform.

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Auto Rental News International Launches Online

Focusing on Europe, Auto Rental News International’s first digital edition is now available.

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Senate Committee Kills Amendment to Modify Recalls

The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee did not approve Section 4209, an amendment for rental recalls in the S. 1732 bill: Comprehensive Transportation and Consumer Protection Act of 2015.

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ACRA Opposes Amendment to Modify Vehicle Recalls

A transportation bill introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, would allow car rental companies to rent recalled vehicles that haven’t been repaired.

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Takata Airbag Linked to Rental Customer Death

A woman who died in a car crash last September has been named as the eighth victim killed by defective Takata airbags. The woman rented the Honda Civic with the defective airbag from Sunset Car Rental in San Diego.

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Alabama House Budget Committee Could Increase Car Rental Tax

A proposed bill could make auto rental taxes more expensive in Alabama, according to an article by the Associated Press. The budget committee is proposing an increase in the tax from 1.5% to 2%.

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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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