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.


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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PurCo Prevails Again in Loss-of-Use Litigation

Judge orders renter to pay $247,890 in attorney’s fees as well as litigation costs.

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SeaTac Minimum Wage Measure Doesn’t Apply to Airport, Judge Rules

SeaTac Proposition 1, which raises minimum wage to $15 an hour for all employees in the hospitality and transportation industries, has been ruled as not applicable to workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, according to a King County Superior Court judge.

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SeaTac Wage Proposition Passes After Recount

After issuing a hand recount of the ballots cast on SeaTac Proposition 1, the living wage initiative still passed with a narrow victory.

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Catalyst Wins Bid for Advantage

Catalyst Capital Group Inc.’s bid for bankrupt Advantage Rent A Car was approved at auction yesterday over the only other bid, from Sixt.

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SeaTac Wage Proposition to go to Recount

Common Sense SeaTac, a political-action committee comprised of local businesses and residents in opposition of the SeaTac living wage measure, has issued a recount of the closely contested SeaTac Proposition 1.

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SeaTac Wage Proposition Remains Divided

With votes still being counted, SeaTac Proposition 1 — which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for all employees in the hospitality and transportation industries in SeaTac, Wash., — is holding onto a narrow lead, but it is still too early to determine the result.

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CPUC Establishes Rules for Transportation Network Companies

The California Public Utilities Commission has created regulations to ensure that safety is enforced for Transportation Network Companies, which use an online platform to connect passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles.

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California Bill Would Streamline Airport Rental Car Agreements

California Assemblyman Chris Holden’s 359 bill, which would streamline airport rental car agreements, has been approved by the California Senate.

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Committee Proposes Living Wage Initiative at SeaTac

SeaTac Committee for Good Jobs has collected enough signatures for a living wage initiative at SeaTac Airport.

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Collision Damage Waiver Bill Passes Both Houses in Illinois

The IL CDW bill would increase the daily fee that Illinois rental companies can charge for CDW.

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ACRA Testifies in U.S. Senate on Recall Bill

Representatives from the rental car industry, auto dealers and auto manufacturers spoke at the Senate hearing yesterday.

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