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.


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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Sen. Boxer Wants Automakers to Support Safe Rental Act

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to the CEOs of the major auto manufacturers to encourage them to support the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Act, a bill that would end the practice of renting recalled cars to consumers.

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How to Minimize Employee Litigation Through Arbitration Agreements

In this online exclusive article, learn more about how arbitration agreements can minimize employee lawsuits and their fallout.

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Louisiana Bill to Raise Rental Car Tax

House Bill 585 would allow Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish voters to decide if they want a half-cent sales tax increase on rental cars.

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Avis, Hertz to Take Advantage Locations

Catalyst Capital Group has confirmed that it will assume 41 U.S. airport concession agreements used in the Advantage Rent A Car business from Simply Wheelz and Franchise Services of North America Inc. In addition, Avis Budget and The Hertz Corp. have been selected as bidders for 22 U.S. Advantage airport locations.

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Colo. Loss-of-Use Bill Killed by Senate Committee

With a vote of 4 to 1, House Bill 1187 in Colorado has been killed by the Senate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs.

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Canton City Council Passes Car Rental Tax

After several failed attempts, the Canton City Council in Canton, Ga., has finally approved Mayor Gene Hobgood’s proposed 3% excise tax on car rentals.

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CPUC Issues First License for Ride-Share Company

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued the first Transportation Network Company (TNC) license to a ride-share company called Summon, operating similarly to Lyft, Sidecar and Uber.

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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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