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Category Archives: Federal Laws

ACRA Applauds Car Rental Recall Provisions in Highway Bill Conference Report

The American Car Rental Association (ACRA) commended the House and Senate conferees for including “The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act” in the federal highway bill conference report filed today. ACRA is a trade association representing 98 percent of the domestic car rental industry.

ACRA, Auto Safety Groups Support Car Rental Recall Bill

The safety of our customers is of paramount importance to the members of ACRA. New federal legislation would implement nation-wide recall policy.

ACRA Testifies in U.S. Senate on Recall Bill

ACRA testified at the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance hearing on the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2013. This legislation would prohibit rental car companies from renting vehicles that are under manufacturer recall.

ACRA Legislative Update

Most state legislatures will be back in session next month. Here are some of the issues on which the American Car Rental Association will be working on, on behalf of its membership.

ALERT: Obama Administration Attempts to Repeal Graves Law

The American Car Rental Association prepares to fight to maintain status quo of the Graves Amendment. The Obama Administration released its blueprint to Congress for what they hope will be the next highway program reauthorization bill later this year. Included in the Administration plan is a specific provision that would repeal the Graves Law and its nationwide prohibition on states imposing vicarious liability in the owners of rented and leased vehicles.

ACRA Releases New Safety Recalls Proposal

A clear policy that will allow car and truck rental, taxi/livery, bus, government and other fleet owners as well as individual owners to adapt proactive and consistent policies to ensure the safe operation of vehicle, through the use of a two-tiered system which can properly categorize each recall by the nature of the defect and the potential for harm.

The Coalition Against Discriminatory Car Rental Taxes Meets in DC

President, Bob Barton, attended a meeting in DC on January 6th, 2011 regarding federal legislation that prospectively bans state and local discriminatory car rental excise taxes. The Coalition Against Discriminatory Car Rental Excise Taxes, consists of the American Car Rental Association, auto manufacturers, travel groups, as well as consumer and taxpayer advocates concerned about the proliferation of taxes being imposed on consumers creating an environment of “taxation without representation”.

NHTSA Addresses Rear-Visibility Safety Concerns

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published in the Federal Register its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, amending Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for rear-view mirrors and visibility. Congress has required NHTSA to propose rules for enhancing the visibility of the area immediately behind a vehicle to minimize the likelihood of pedestrians being struck during vehicle back-ups. Following research and review by NHTSA, the details of the proposed rulemaking are now available.