News & updates archive
DECEMBER 2016 – Turo Government Relations Participates in TechNet State Policy Conference
Programs like the TechNet State Policy Conference are outstanding opportunities to showcase a particular business model or technology to interested legislators and to build support for ideas and concepts that could enhance the regulatory regimes for Turo and our customers. Turo Government Relations plans to stay engaged in this and other programs.
The Internet Association’s Vice President of State Government Affairs penned a recent Op-Ed that calls out the New York State government for a disparity between their words about innovation and the actions the policymakers have made with respect to growing this sector. The message calls on both Governor Cuomo and the state legislature to remain open to discussing how innovation solutions benefit the entire state.
Turo’'s Government Relations team was proud to participate in the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario alongside representatives from Uber and Airbnb, November 20–21, 2016. The panel discussion ranged from regulatory concerns to tax collection, and the interaction with and questions from the audience were interesting and at times a little controversial. It was an excellent opportunity to introduce Turo to a new audience of tourism-focused businesses and professionals.
JUNE 2016 – Bringing Turo Back to NY
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March 2017 – TechNet’s first Arizona Lobby Day
Turo was delighted to join a dozen TechNet companies in Phoenix for the first Arizona Lobby Day. Advocating for HB 2440, a bill which would encourage the state of Arizona to use new economy substitutes for their state fleet of cars, the Government Relations team was proud to share with a range of legislators news about Turo’s growing presence in Scottsdale.
A highlight of the day was TechNet companies, including Turo, being recognized from the floor of the state legislature.
March 2017 – Turo testifies before Maryland state legislature
On March 3, Turo joined the Internet Association in testifying against HB 1520, a bill which would require peer-to-peer car sharing companies to comply with a range of regulations intended for traditional car rental. Despite vigorous and dramatic testimony from Enterprise Holdings and American Car Rental Association, the committee decided against taking action on the bill.
The issue was raised again in the Senate Finance Committee on March 7, and again Turo’s message of innovation and opportunity resonated. However, the Finance Committee’s previous experience crafting regulatory frameworks for other sharing economy businesses in the ride sharing and home sharing space, has inspired them to act similarly for car sharing. While the Senate bill SB 1056 did not progress further in this legislative session, the Committee Chair expressed desire to work further on this issue over the summer interim period.
Turo will continue to fight to preserve the ability of our hosts and travelers to use the platform to share a car within an appropriate regulatory framework.
February 2017 – Michelle Peacock addresses sharing economy issues at New York App Economy on a February 8 panel discussion presented by TechNet and the Progressive Policy Institute
Turo’s Vice President and Head of Government Relations, Michelle Peacock, joined a panel with representatives from SmartUp, CA Technologies, PPI and moderated by Rachel Haot, from 1776, in New York City. An interactive discussion among the panelists and attendees was robust, and covered a range of topics highlighting the tremendous growth of app-based businesses and the impacts on the New York area. Peacock emphasized the challenges for Turo with respect to New York, citing the need to modernize the insurance regulations to allow for peer-to-peer car sharing.
February 2017 – Turo joins TechNet at California Lobby Day in Sacramento
On February 6-7, Turo joined dozens of technology companies on visits to the California state capitol to discuss many issues facing the technology sector. With many technology-themed topics on the table, Turo’s Government Relations team raised the importance of protecting platform businesses from regulations intended to apply to the traditional incumbent players.
January 2017 – Turo visits state capitols; brings message of innovation and opportunity
Turo Government Relations team met with legislators in Tallahassee, FL and Jefferson City, MO to update them about Turo’s presence in those states and to explain how the company’s platform helps connect car owners and travelers.