Here We Go Again: Graves Amendment Under Attack

A proposed amendment to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 would overturn existing law preventing vicarious liability of renting and leasing companies. Industry associations claimed a small victory this week—but it may not be over.


Combating Misperception with Reality

Today's fleet managers are increasingly scrutinized for every action and for every dollar spent. In this environment, fleet managers are constantly second-guessed by citizens, politicians, and user departments on the efficacy of their policies. This second-guessing is primarily due to misperceptions. Most fleets have not been successful in changing misperceptions because this type of second-guessing continues to be a perennial issue. One exception is the City of Troy, Michigan.


Chicago Airport Car Renters May Face New Fee

The $6 to $8 fee increase would go toward funding a consolidated rental car center at O-Hare International Airport. The fee, which could be imposed in the next two months, would be in addition to a $2.75 flat fee and an 8 percent tax already accessed on O'Hare vehicle rentals.


Atlanta Airport May Increase Rental Car Charges

Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta have proposed a 50-cent customer facility fee increase to help offset the drop in car rentals. The fee increase is expected to generate $24.5 million annually, and will be used to pay down debt on bonds for the airport’s new car rental facility.


Thrifty Added to New Airport in Northwest Florida

Thrifty Car Rental is the latest car rental company to lease space at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, which is scheduled to open May 23. In addition to Thrifty, six other car rental companies - Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National – are at the airport.


Used-Vehicle Price Growth Moderating in April

Used-vehicle prices are achieving highs that will start to drive used-vehicle buyers to new cars, says Tom Kontos in Adesa's April Current Used Vehicle Market Conditions and Outlook.

Read more... Acquires International Car Hire Service TravelJigsaw

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but said it plans to keep TravelJigsaw's current management team to oversee operations. TravelJigsaw offers its car hire services in more than 4,000 locations in 80 countries in North America, South and Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.


TSD Teams With Rent A Toll to Build Electronic Interface

TSD customers, who subscribe to the RTL service, will be able to automatically bill rental car customers for the fees they incur while driving rental vehicles. This eliminates any toll violations, penalties and legal fees generated by TSD rental car customers, and reduces operating costs.


CODA Auto Names David Funston as VP of Fleet and Commercial Sales

Funston, an automotive industry veteran with more than two decades of experience in fleet sales development, vehicle remarketing, distribution, logistics and business management, will be responsible for marketing the all-electric CODA sedan to commercial fleet customers.


Enterprise Holdings Hosts Third Annual Clean Car Championship

Six regional rental car agents representing the Alamo, Enterprise and National brands will compete against each other Thursday in Orlando, Fla. The winner will receive a gold medal and a $1,000 grand prize.


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