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.


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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ACRA Highlights Accomplishments, Challenges at Car Rental Show

The association is actively involved in national legislation on excise taxes, a federal resolution to the recall issue, defense of the Graves Amendment and monitoring of state and local bills.

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Rental Car Recall Bill is Reintroduced in the Senate

The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2013 was filed last week to prohibit rental car companies from renting recalled cars.

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Ghana Ministry of Tourism Pushes for Car Rental Industry Grading System

A grading system would help customers choose a car rental company, say directors of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in Ghana.

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Maryland Passes Bill to Improve Collection of Unpaid Tolls

Effective July 1, HB 420 allows the MDTA to issue a $50 citation if a toll goes unpaid for 30 days after receiving notice of the toll due. Failure to pay or contest the citation may lead to suspended registration.

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car2go to Draft Proposal for Operations in Torrance, Calif.

The Torrance City Council will determine whether car sharing will expand to Torrance, Calif., upon reviewing car2go’s non-exclusive franchise proposal.

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Denver Announces Plans to Expand Car Sharing

Public Works officials presented a plan to the Denver City Council to make it easier for companies to reserve on-street parking for car sharing vehicles throughout the city to continue plans for a car sharing initiative.

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Florida Repeals International Driver Permit Law

The state of Florida on April 2 officially repealed a law that made it mandatory for international drivers to carry an International Driving Permit. The law had quietly gone into effect on Jan. 1.

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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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Rentals and Terrorist Activity: Time to Hone the Plan

Terrorist activity is frequently tied to a rental vehicle. In today’s heightened risk environment and the potential for terrorism from within, local operators need to hone an action plan.

How Technology Is Addressing Car Rental Underutilization

Three new companies that don’t own fleet are renting your cars through their apps — and pulling traditional car rental into the new mobility agenda.

Trends in the Low-Cab Forward Market

After a day with Isuzu, here are some thoughts on low-cab forward sales, diesel versus gas, and how hard is it to tilt that cab by hand, especially on Isuzu's new Class 6 FTR?

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