Exempt Carsharing Members from Rental Car Tax sign now

As Washington and King County residents and members of Flexcar Seattle carsharing, we believe that members of carsharing organizations should specifically be exempt from local rental-car taxes.

Carsharing members are overwhelmingly local residents, not visitors -- unlike most rental car customers. By serving as an alternative to private vehicle ownership, carsharing has been demonstrated to decrease members driving and to increase our use of alternative transportation modes, and thus to confer multiple benefits to cities where it operates.

As members know, carsharing differs from traditional car rental in important ways, and is characterized by:

Self-service reservation, pickup, and return
Membership basis, with applicants required to be approved via driving background check and by establishing a payment mechanism
Use by the hour or by the day, with short, several-hour trips most common
Rates include gas and insurance
Vehicle sites are geographically distributed, and are most often located at or near transit.

Carsharing has been shown to positively influence transportation behavior. Specifically, carsharing:

Leads many members to sell or to delay or entirely avoid purchasing a personal vehicle
Takes 5 to 15 vehicles off the road for every carsharing vehicle in service
Increases public transit ridership while effectively extending and complementing public transit
Increases walking and bicycling for transportation
Facilitates use of low-emissions and hybrid vehicles common in carsharing fleets.

Car rental has not been shown to yield similar beneficial effects.

King County and Seattle can be justifiably proud to be the incubator and home of the first national carsharing company in the U.S. -- Flexcar. The Seattle region is home to over 300 carsharing vehicles, used by 20,000 Flexcar carsharing members. Carsharing also serves Vancouver, WA (Flexcar Portland), Bellingham (Community CarShare) and Bremerton (SCOOT).

In sum, because carsharing is distinct from traditional car rental, with local customers, locally based operators, and local benefits, we urge the decisionmakers of Washington State and King County to specifically exempt carsharing members from local rental car taxes. Thank you for your consideration and action.

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Latest Signatures

  • 22 January 20161000. Shawn C
    Charging a rental car tax on responsible individuals who have chosen to use a car share service rather than own a car is absolutely moronic. State/County/City leadership needs to be more responsible with money rather than taxing citizens constantly for th
  • 19 January 2016999. Paul Josephr
    One month after I joined Flexcar I donated my car to charity. The value of being a Member was obvious from the start. I am proud to be the 283rd Member of Flexcar in the Seattle & King County area. Don't disparage my good intentions and worthy investm
  • 18 January 2016998. Matthew C
    I support this petition
  • 17 January 2016997. Laura D
    this is crazy!!! We already have to pay so many other taxes and costs!
  • 01 January 2016996. Lindsey B
    I support this petition
  • 28 December 2015995. Jeffrey Davida
    I support this petition
  • 26 December 2015994. Lavonne W
    I support this petition
  • 26 December 2015993. Jacob M
    I support this petition
  • 24 December 2015992. Mindy S
    I support this petition
  • 16 December 2015991. Elizabeth H
    Flexcar is NOT A CAR RENTAL AGENCY! It is a MEMBERSHIP BASED CAR SHARING PROGRAM and should be exempt from the overinflated car rental taxes. Those taxes are tourist based, not unlike hotel/motel taxes. They do not apply to the Flexcar Program because the
  • 15 December 2015990. Betsy G
    I support this petition
  • 06 December 2015989. Ivan Sc
    Carsharing should be encouraged, not punished.
  • 04 December 2015988. Andrea F
    I support this petition
  • 01 December 2015987. Serin N
    Why tax FlexCar members who are helping the environment and easing congestion on roads? This rental car tax makes no sense and does not create incentives for citizens to choose eco-friendly alternatives to owning a car
  • 29 November 2015986. Anna F
    I support this petition
  • 26 November 2015985. Alison W
    I support this petition
  • 22 November 2015984. Betsy W
    This SUCKS, We are trying to do our part for the environment, we should be not be taxed for this!
  • 22 November 2015983. Jay W
    I support this petition
  • 19 November 2015982. Paul S
    I support this petition
  • 15 November 2015981. Susanne P
    I support this petition
  • 15 November 2015980. Sherryl B
    Why discourage a good thing....
  • 11 November 2015979. Rachael C
    I support this petition
  • 26 October 2015978. Robert S
  • 20 October 2015977. Kandisbyrd Simon
    I support this petition
  • 04 October 2015976. Jeffrey Sf
    I support this petition
  • 03 October 2015975. Dan T
    coming jackass
  • 29 September 2015974. Tomoko M
    I support this petition

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