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Calif. Hearing to Address Driverless Cars

The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles is taking steps to set requirements for the testing and deployment of vehicles that lack a human driver.

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Calif. Ride-Hailing Drivers Can Now Use Rented Vehicles

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved regulations allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to use rental vehicles. The CPUC redefined rental vehicles as personal vehicles for ride-hailing drivers.

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Green Commuter Awarded Calif. Tax Credit to Expand EV Sharing

The California Competes Tax Credit Committee has approved a $250,000 tax credit for Green Commuter to assist the Los Angeles-based company with continued expansion of its electric vehicle car sharing, vanpool and fleet replacement service.

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Calif. Commission to Vote on Rental Car Ban in Ride Sharing

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) postponed voting on a proposed rule that would ban ride-sharing drivers (Lyft, Uber) from using rental cars to pick up passengers if the driver signed a lease for less than four months.

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Big Government versus the Small Operator

The new rules drafted by the California Air Resources Board are designed to clean up the environment — but the expensive retrofit facing one truck driver is tough to swallow.

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Hertz Adds Chevy Spark to Calif. Locations

The Hertz Corp. is now offering the all-electric 2014 Chevrolet Spark at its San Francisco and Los Angeles airport locations, as well as Hertz local facilities throughout California.

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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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Calif. Rolling Out $200M for Hydrogen Vehicle Infrastructure

The California Energy Commission is seeking proposals to spend $200 million starting in 2015 to build out fueling stations and other infrastructure to support hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

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California Rent-A-Car Adds Convertibles to its Fleet

To meet the demand for convertible rentals, California Rent-A-Car has added the Ford Mustang convertible and several new Mini Cooper convertibles (including the Mini Roadster convertible and the Mini convertible S) to its fleet.

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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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Coastal Commission Gives Conditional Approval for San Diego Airport’s Rental Car Facility

The California Coastal Commission has approved the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s coastal development permit for a new rental car facility at San Diego International Airport — with certain conditions.

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Uber Driver Faces Lawsuit for Fire Hydrant Injury

A private taxi driver operating for Uber is being sued by a San Francisco woman who was severely injured as the result of an accident involving the driver.

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Public Utilities Commission Proposes Rules for Car-Sharing Services

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposed new rules that would place car-sharing services into a new transportation business category, separate from taxicabs and limousine services.

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Los Angeles Car-Sharing Companies Receive Cease-and-Desist Order

Car-sharing companies Uber, Sidecar and Lyft received cease-and-desist letters from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s taxicab administrator, despite being authorized to operate by the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Toyota Starts EV Car Sharing in the U.S.

In a company first for the U.S., Toyota launched an electric car sharing initiative in partnership with the Advanced Power & Energy Program from University of California, Irvine.

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car2go Could Serve Nine Cities in California's South Bay

The Hermosa Beach City Council approved a resolution to bring a car sharing program to the region. The program still needs approval from eight other cities to advance.

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Report Shows Top 10 Vehicle Theft Locations in U.S.

Out of the top 10 places where thefts occurred, seven of 10 are in California, two in Washington and one in South Carolina, according to data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

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California Rent-A-Car Celebrates 21 Years of Success

The car rental company attributes many of its achievements to the West Los Angeles Manager Chris Gonzalez.

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Southern California Enterprise Locations to Feature EV Charging Stations

Under a partnership with Go EV, Enterprise Rent-A-Car will install OpConnect Electric Vehicle charging stations at two of its Southern California offices.

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