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.


Motor Vehicle Rental Tax Increase Defeated in Montana

HB 585, legislation aimed at increasing Montana’s motor vehicle rental tax from 4% to 6%, was defeated after the House Transportation Committee heard concerns that the bill would affect small businesses and residents rather than out-of-state tourists.

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Global Business Travel Association Supports Reintroduced JOLT Act

The GBTA commends the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act for its aim to increase international business travel by reducing travel restrictions.

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Virginia Governor Signs Bill Limiting Rental Tax

HB 1993 was signed into law on March 6 to limit the “gross proceeds” in Virginia’s 10% motor vehicle rental tax.

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Sun Bowl Officials Propose Rental Car Tax Increase in El Paso

The Sun Bowl officials want to increase the current 5% tax on rental cars to 9% in order to generate more revenue and stay nationally competitive.

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Orlando International Airport to Use Funds from Rental Car Tax to Expand

The Orlando International Airport board decided to use the estimated $23 million a year funds from the rental car tax at the airport to fund the construction of a southern terminal. Meanwhile, a bill in the state's Legislature aims to allow counties to add a $3 per-day surcharge on rental transactions on top of the state fee.

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors Approves Car Share Parking Proposal

An ordinance was passed unanimously in San Francisco, allowing residential developers to add car sharing parking spaces that do not count toward the maximum number of allowable spaces for each development project.

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Virginia Bill Limiting Motor Vehicle Rental Tax Charges Passes Senate

Effective July 1, ‘gross proceeds’ in Virginia’s 10% motor vehicle rental tax excludes specific charges including cash discounts taken on a rental contract; finance, carrying, and other service charges; charges for motor fuels; charges for optional accidental death insurance and more.

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Florida Highway Patrol Won’t Require Non-U.S. Drivers to Carry International Driver’s Permit

The Florida Highway Patrol said it will defer enforcement of a new Florida statute that requires non-U.S. residents to carry an International Driver’s Permit along with a valid license from their home country. The amendment conflicts with the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic.

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Wisconsin Case Affirms Insurer Must Pay Out on Underinsured Motorist Policy when Involving a Rental

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in favor of a family seeking full coverage from their uninsured motorist policy with Auto-Owners Insurance, despite the accident’s involvement with what the insurance company deems a ‘self-insured’ rental vehicle from Avis.

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Virginia House Passes Bill to Limit Motor Vehicle Rental Tax

HB 1993 removes parking fines, delivery charges, pickup charges, delivery charges, pass-through charges, transportation charges, third-party service charges and refueling surcharges from the definition of “gross products” included in Virginia’s 10% motor vehicle rental tax.

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