The American Automotive Rental Affiliation gives the next updates on present problems with curiosity to U.s. automotive rental operators:
Federal COVID Reduction Program Implementation
The Treasury Division has issued steerage on the implementation of the $2 billion in grants for transportation service suppliers (CERTS) from the COVID 4.0 legislation in December 2020. Treasury restricted eligibility for the grants to the small variety of industries particularly listed within the legislation and declined to make use of its discretion to broaden eligibility to different industries resembling automotive rental.
• Freeway Invoice/Infrastructure/Jobs/Social Security Web Invoice: President Biden has proposed two multi-trillion-dollar legislative initiatives — one centered on infrastructure (loosely outlined) and the opposite on expanded the federal “security web.” Each proposals face uphill battles in Congress, significantly within the Senate the place some conservative Democrats have balked on the sheer measurement of the expenditures contained within the invoice. ACRA has centered on help for electrical automobile infrastructure enlargement to allow a sustainable mobility future that features the automotive rental trade.
• On the tax entrance, the ACRA Board is targeted on extending the 100% expensing for private property (aka bonus depreciation), which is scheduled to start to sundown in 2023, fairly than on proposals to extend the federal company tax price.
ACRA filed an announcement on the listening to of the Home Vitality & Commerce Committee on Could 5 supporting federal funding for EV charging infrastructure.
• Worldwide Tourism – ACRA filed an announcement on Could 18 at a Senate Commerce Committee listening to on selling the reopening of worldwide tourism supporting prudent but expeditious plans to take away pandemic-related restrictions on federal journey.
• Automobile Expertise – the American Alliance for Automobile House owners’ Rights (AAVOR), of which ACRA is a number one member, filed an announcement on Could 18 on the Home Vitality & Commerce Committee listening to on superior automobile know-how that centered on urging Congress to handle automobile knowledge entry laws that protects the rights of car homeowners to manage and entry the information from the autos they personal.
Actions in most state legislatures are over for 2021. ACRA stays engaged in quite a lot of points throughout the nation.
Hawaii has been significantly difficult for the trade this 12 months. Proposals to restrict the variety of rental automobiles in every county of the state, in addition to a fleet electrification mandate, died within the closing hours of that state’s legislative session. The problems might be raised once more in 2022.
California is contemplating ACRA-supported laws to take away that state’s cap on LDW fees. The invoice has handed the California Meeting and is ready for consideration by the California Senate. New York has enacted a brand new “Wholesome Terminals” legislation which requires employers at New York airports to pay their coated workers the “prevailing wage,” together with advantages, efficient September 1, 2021.
New ACRA Members
Please welcome Auto Gallery Mall of Georgia, Buford, GA, as a brand new operator member and renewed operator members Mex Hire A Automotive, Otay Mesa, Calif. and Autoteam, Inc., South Amboy, N.J. Additionally welcome new affiliate (vendor) members Whole Fleet Companies, Windsor, Conn.