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posted on November 13th, 2018

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CAR SHARING IS UNDER ATTACK

Right now, in every state, lawmakers are discussing the future of peer-to-peer car sharing and defining its future. There is a lot at stake. For the past few years, the rental car industry, led by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the American Car Rental Association (ACRA), has been threatening Turo by pushing legislation meant to unfairly stamp out competition, and restrict innovation. These big business bullies are trying to squelch innovation.

If they get their way, it will mean that consumers who need a car won’t have the benefit of choosing the vehicles they want, at convenient locations, and at a range of prices that fit their needs. For car owners, it will eliminate their ability to generate income with their own vehicles, and to offset the burdensome cost of car ownership.

The legislation Enterprise and ACRA are supporting would treat Turo hosts like traditional rental car companies, which is absurd. As anyone who uses Turo knows, our diverse community is made up of everyday people who rely on Turo — whether it’s to see their family or to earn their school tuition. It’s entirely unreasonable not to draw a legal distinction between individual people and multi-billion dollar rental car companies.

TURO FIGHTS BACK

Turo is on the ground in every state to introduce lawmakers to our vibrant community, and show them that car sharing necessitates its own distinct regulation. We’ve successfully worked with legislators in several states to reject overly restrictive policies that would make car sharing impossible.

But we can’t win without you! It’s the stories, experiences, and support from community members like you that encourage lawmakers, for example in Illinois, to veto bills that would equate car owners to rental car companies.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Signing up for Turo’s OpenRoad keeps you up to date on the regulatory issues that affect you, so you know when to act. When you join, you’ll get updates on campaigns happening locally and across the country, and we’ll make it super easy to get in touch with your representatives to advocate for the Turo community.

And don’t forget to share your Turo story. Tell us all about what got you started on Turo and what keeps you going, because your story is one that we’re fighting to protect.

Join OpenRoad and be a part of defining the future of car sharing!

Kamala Puligandla is a writer and an editorial assistant at Turo. She is always on the hunt for a strange story, a great snack, and the perfect outdoor spot to consume them.