“It just doesn’t make sense for one section of this industry to benefit from loopholes and special carve-outs. Enterprise welcomes each and every competitor into the industry because, at the end of the day, we’re all in the business of renting vehicles — whether it’s for an hour, a day, a week or longer.”
Ray Wagner, Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs – Enterprise Holdings, November 2019
Many peer-to-peer (P2P) providers have historically and consistently described themselves in their marketing materials and customer-facing public relations strategies as car rental. As a result, Enterprise Holdings is in agreement with the American Car Rental Association that all consumer transactions, including P2P rentals, should be governed in a fair and consistent way. We also believe in common-sense requirements, such as offering transparent pricing as well as collecting mandatory state and municipal fees on which local governments and jurisdictions rely.
- Mobility Revenue Stream (PDF)
- Fair Rules For Rental Cars (video)
- American Car Rental Association (ACRA) Peer-to-Peer Car Rental Timeline
What They Are Saying
- “Recently, a number of airport authorities and city and county government agencies have taken formal and informal steps – from litigation to cease-and-desist orders — to require P2P car rental companies to comply with state and local tax laws and policies for companies that rent cars at airports.”
American Car Rental Association (ACRA) Peer-to-Peer Car Rental Timeline
- “Both peer-to-peer shared vehicles and commercially owned rental vehicles are currently subject to the full ten percent Motor Vehicle Rental Taxes. However, compliance within the peer-to-peer rental industry is extremely low.”
Virginia Department of Taxation (2020 Fiscal Impact Statement)
- "...For taxation purposes, treat peer-to-peer vehicles like other motor vehicle rentals in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
Virginia Transit Association
- "While reducing or eliminating rental car taxes would be the ideal solution, if that’s not achievable, lawmakers should reform rental car taxes to focus on the use and service at issue.”
R Street Institute: “3 Paths Forward for Rental Car Taxes"
- “….App-based car rental companies such as Turo insist on operating on airport premises without paying concession fees, even though their businesses directly contribute to airport congestion and resulting expenses."
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
- “I question whether rental car taxes should exist, but if they are going to exist, they should be applied equally and in a revenue-neutral fashion.”
Show-Me Institute: “Is Turo a ‘Motor Vehicle Leasing Company?’”
- "Thankfully, there’s a straightforward policy solution to the problem of uneven or ambiguous airport access rules and fees: Airport authorities can work to balance the competing interests of new and traditional companies by adopting an open posture toward new types of rental firms and ensuring that the fees and rules for each firm seeking to access airport property are consistent and equitable."
R Street Institute: “Better Managed Airport Car Rental Access Could Ease Holiday Travel”
- “The goal should be to adopt an open posture for new market entrants, while at the same time requiring that all transportation companies who seek to access airport property and serve travelers are subject to the same transparent rules and fees.”
R Street Institute: “R Sheet on Airport Rental Car Access”
- “A taxation system that is based on the service at issue rather than other factors will help ensure mode neutrality for transportation and an equal playing field in the marketplace.”
R Street Institute: “R Sheet on Rental Car Taxes”
- “…the canons of statutory construction require that the terms of such remedial statutes be read broadly, so that consumers will benefit from these protections regardless of whether they happen to rent a car on Turo’s website or on, say, Avis’s website.”
City and County of San Francisco
- "Allowing certain businesses to avoid paying taxes is essentially picking winners and losers, which creates a very real threat to maintaining and promoting one of our greatest economic drivers: tourism."
Arizona Tourism & Lodging Association
- "Because peer-to-peer operators are entering into commercial car rental transactions, they must be held to the same consumer protection standards as any other car rental or car-sharing service."
National Consumers League
- “This legislation is a common-sense solution for how we define and regulate rental car operations in Pennsylvania. It will bring all types of vehicle rental platforms under the same standards to ensure consumer protection, while still allowing the industry to continue to grow and innovate.”
Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32), Pennsylvania
- “My objective in working through this issue was two-fold. To establish clear standards for insurance coverage in these three-party transactions, and to ensure all peer-to-peer platforms that receive the end customer’s money are paying applicable state taxes as the facilitating vendor.”
Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz (R-30)
- "If you're Hertz, we know about you. You register with us and pay your taxes. Turo is invisible to us because we don't know the names, let alone contact information, for people renting the cars... We're losing something, but it's hard to tell how much."
State of Alaska
- “They advertise SFO service and then turn around and say they don’t operate at the airport. Turo’s goal in these tactics is simply to avoid their share of the fees their competitors pay."
City of San Francisco
- “Since Turo is sidestepping regulations that impact all other airport rental car companies, the city of San Francisco has filed a lawsuit to make it pay airport fees that help pay for critical infrastructure and to comply with prohibitions against curbside rental car drop offs that worsen congestion.”
California Business Roundtable
- “You do not get to flaunt the rules simply because you do not think that they should apply to you.”
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
- Peer-to-Peer Car Rental: What They Are Saying (PDF)
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