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CART Coalition Launches Website

WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to the growing trend of discriminatory excise taxes on rental car customers being used to fund projects like football stadiums and arenas,  a growing number of transportation and travel industry groups, along with consumer interest groups, have joined forces to jump start the Curb Auto Rental Taxes Coalition (CART).  CART advocates for the protection of consumers against discriminatory rental car taxes.

The effort was launched via a newly designed website, www.curbautorentaltax.com, featuring legislative updates, enlightening infographics, media resources and opportunities for visitors to spread the word about the coalition, join the effort, or take action. 

“Consumers are tired of sticker shock at the rental-car counter. The coalition website complements our educational and legislative efforts by amplifying the voices of consumers who want to combat unfair practices but don’t know how to start,” said to Ken McEldowney, Executive Director of Consumer Action. “Now more people will have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about rental car taxes and their consequences.”

The new website will be bolstered by an increased use of social media platforms including the Twitter handle @CARTCoalition. 

Industry and consumers will continue to work together to build Congressional support for H.R. 2543, the End Discriminatory State Taxes for Automobile Renters Act (EDSTAR), sponsored by Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-09). H.R. 2543 is a bill in Congress that would put a stop to new discriminatory rental car taxes across the country.  The coalition is working with legislators in both the House and Senate, on both sides of the aisle. 

“We are proud of the progress we have made educating Congress and attracting sponsors to this critical piece of legislation, but it became clear to us that we needed to do more to tell our story.  We need to make the information about our issues readily accessible to policymakers, the media and, most importantly, our consumers,” said Sharon Faulkner, Executive Director of the American Car Rental Association. 

For more information visit the coalition website at www.curbautorentaltax.com and follow us on Twitter @CARTCoalition.

Curb Auto Rental Tax (CART) is a coalition of 22 consumer, union, travel, auto manufacturers and rental industry organizations working for fair rental tax policies. 

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