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.


RelayRides Shuts Down in NY for Insurance Violations

An investigation by New York State’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) has exposed that car-sharing RelayRides put New Yorkers at risk through violations such as unlicensed insurance activity and false advertising.

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Horne Files Lawsuit against Arizona Rental Companies

As the result of more than 150 consumer complaints and an undercover investigation by the state, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against Dennis N. Saban and his rental car companies.

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Rental Companies at Seattle-Tacoma Airport Fight Living Wage Measure

After Proposition 1 marginally passed, a judge ruled the measure only applies to transportation and hospitality workers in the city of SeaTac, Wash., not at the airport. RACs are included in the exemption.

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Damage Claims: An Accident Waiting to Happen

We need to self-regulate the damage claims process before legislators do it for us.

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Taxicab Assn. Uses Poll in Anti-Ride Share Campaign

Commissioned by Mears Transportation Group, a new Florida poll shows that residents want car-sharing Uber to be regulated at the local level like traditional taxi companies. The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) supports stricter regulation of car-sharing companies.

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Hawaii Legislature Considers Tax on car2go Service

In anticipation of car2go’s plans to expand to Honolulu, the Hawaii Legislature is considering how much to tax the car-sharing company.

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Canton Council Votes against Rental Car Tax Again

The Canton Council in Canton, Ga., has voted against Mayor Gene Hobgood’s proposed 3% excise tax on rental cars for the second time. Hobgood says the tax would help raise money for city-sponsored agencies.

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Colo. Loss-of-Use Bill Draws ACRA Opposition

Bill seeks to restrict damage recovery won in Koenig v. PurCo case.

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Avis' Petition against Alaska Rent A Car

With this decision, the final award of $19.2 million stands.

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Court Approves Advantage Sale to Catalyst Group

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi has declared that Catalyst Group Inc. is the prevailing purchaser in the auction of Franchise Services of North America’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Simply Wheelz LLC (which does business as Advantage Rent A Car).

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