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House passes measure to regulate companies renting motor vehicles

THE House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously passed a Senate measure to regulate companies that rent motor vehicles in the Commonwealth.

Senate Bill 20-55, introduced by Sen. Sixto Igisomar, now goes to  the governor’s desk.

Sixto Igisomar

The bill states that there is a need to regulate these companies in the CNMI. “More rented motor vehicles are seen on the highways, and traffic has doubled,” the bill added.

It states that the number of traffic accidents involving rented motor vehicles has also increased over the past few years.

According to the bill, many rental-car drivers are foreigners and do not know CNMI traffic laws or the basic rules of the road.

The bill will prohibit rental companies from renting or leasing a motor vehicle to individuals not in immediate possession of a valid operator’s license as issued by the CNMI Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

In addition, a rental company must have an English translation of the rental agreement, with a clear copy of the driver’s license attached to it or any foreign language version of a rental agreement with an English translation and clear copy of the primary driver’s operator’s license attached to it.

Likewise, rental companies cannot offer rental agreements or damage waivers unless a copy of the rental agreement or damage waiver is sent to the secretary of Commerce prior to its use.

To protect  customers from mandatory additional charges, the bill requires rental companies to immediately disclose all charges associated with the rental of the vehicle.

“The rental company shall disclose as part of any price quotation, including those quotations contained in advertising or by telephone, all payments a renter must make in order to rent the vehicle,” the bill states.