Will Electric Vehicles Take Over?

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For the last decade, the auto industry has seen a growing demand for electric vehicles. However, it’s recently encountered hurdles that have slowed it down. Strict regulations have been enacted to freeze federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards. Sales in key markets for the vehicles slumped in the first quarter of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though they continue to battle these setbacks, electric vehicles can still lead the way.

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Hurdles The Industry Has Faced in 2020

Earlier this year, the Trump administration pushed to freeze existing federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards, resulting in a more difficult transition to electric vehicles in the U.S.

Partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sales for these vehicles in the U.S. and China have slumped. With job losses mounting, big-ticket purchases are out of reach for several consumers. In China alone, market sales are forecasted to fall 932,000 this year, down 14% from 2019. With a lack of incentives and enthusiasm for electric vehicles, sales are expected to be hit in the United States as well.

The Dawn of the Electric Vehicle Age

While the market has faced several obstacles this year, the future of electric cars can still be a possibility.. Europe saw a 7.5% increase in electric vehicle sales, which  is due to the market’s price point being close to cars that run on gasoline or diesel engines. In fact, this is made possible by the fact that several European countries are adding incentives, such as providing subsidies to automakers who build electric vehicles. As a result, manufacturers can cut more than $10,000 from their final price.

In 2017, California announced its goal of having more than 4.2 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030. The goal was proposed along with a plan that called for a mix of regulations, incentives, and investment in the electric vehicle industry. The state has recently announced its intention to ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035, emphasizing an even greater encouragement for drivers to switch to electric. If this plan goes well, other states may follow suit.

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For the last decade, the electric vehicle market has grown substantially around the world. The market offers many opportunities for manufacturers and consumers, but it is up to policymakers to regulate laws that create these opportunities. Stay in the loop on these policies, contact Agenda Discovery today to track the legislation that matters to you. 

Regulating Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Businesses Across the U.S.

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One enterprise that has been popping up across the United States is peer-to-peer car sharing. This is when ordinary people rent out their personal vehicles for other people to drive for a duration of time. As this form of car-sharing becomes more prominent in our society, it’s no surprise that the government is trying to create regulations for it. By using the Agenda Discovery legislative tracking tool, users can stay current with the policies impacting the car-sharing industry.

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Regulations of the The Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Program Model Act

Last year, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) released a proposal that would regulate the peer-to-peer car sharing industry. As of December 2019, thirty-four states have already passed legislation that addresses issues such as taxing transactions and solidifying appropriate insurance coverage. Many personal auto policies exclude renting or car sharing from their coverages. In other words, when someone rents out their vehicle to another person, any liability that arises would likely not be covered under the car owner’s auto insurance.

NCOIL’s proposal seeks to provide clarity as to what the insurance requirements will be for the three parties involved: (1) the vehicle owner, (2) the renter, (3) the peer-to-peer vehicle sharing program. Under NCOIL’s proposal, the financial responsibility must be maintained by each party through each of their insurance policies.

Under the proposed law, peer-to-peer car sharing programs are mandated to make sure adequate financial responsibility is provided in an amount that is not less than the state’s minimum coverage. The bill also calls for a change in language that ensures the coverage recognizes that the vehicle is shared through a peer-to-peer car sharing program, or the coverage does not exclude the use of a shared vehicle by a shared driver.

How Will This Proposal Impact Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing

Proponents of the bill argue these programs are essentially car rental companies and should be regulated in the same manner. 

“If you are renting a car for profit to a member of the public, you are a car rental company,” Greg Scott, the government relations representative for the American Car Rental Association (ACRA) explains. “If a peer-to-peer company is in the car rental business, they must abide by the safety, insurance, and tax laws that Federal and State legislators and regulators have adopted to regulate car rental companies.”   That’s exactly what the proposal calls for; equal accountability for both industries

However, the issue peer-to-peer companies primarily have with the bill is how one sided it is. While it seems like a fairly reasonable requirement to ask of a car rental program, one of the provisions of the bill doesn’t limit their liability. According to Peacock, a peer-to-peer car sharing company, the law places three times the liability requirements on their industry than they do traditional car rental companies. As a result, many peer-to-peer programs have said they would cease operations in specific states that pass a bill of this nature. 

Keep Up With Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Regulations

With thirty-four states and counting pushing regulations that will affect the car-sharing industry, it’s important to keep up with policies that could have a major impact on your business. No matter what industry you are in, adopting the Agenda Discovery legislative tracker as a resource will ensure you are up-to-date on the latest news and policies that matter to you. Request a demo today to stay informed.

FAA Proposes Safety Standards for Drone Delivery

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Drone delivery has been all the buzz ever since Amazon began private trials in England, and the first customer delivery by drone recently took place. While Amazon is at the forefront of beta testing their drone delivery service, many other businesses can benefit from automated delivery. The FAA recently released a new set of safety regulations for unmanned drones that would make drone delivery a reality for many businesses. But, just like most technological advancements, local governments may regulate drone delivery use. With Agenda Discovery’s government tracking software, you can be in-the-know of legislation that has the potential to change automated delivery. 

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FAA’s New Regulations  

Through the legislative process, the U.S. Government has created multiple federal legislative laws that address the ability to pilot drone aircrafts. 

With these new rules, it’s actually making it easier for companies to incorporate drones into their delivery systems. One of the most important aspects of these regulations state that operators have more freedom than before to decide how they are flown. The FAA will now allow the drone to fly throughout the country if the required maintenance, pilot procedures, and other necessities are checked off accordingly. 

What Do New Regulations Mean For Businesses?

These new regulations have eliminated some concerns the public has had regarding companies using drones. With new guidelines on how they must be operated, businesses have a clearer perspective on what needs to be done to integrate this technology into their operations. 

Interestingly, one of these legislative mandates states that drones cannot operate in Class, B, C, D, or E at the surface airspace without proper authorization or waivers. This simply means that drones would not have flight clearance in certain air space zones, i.e. airports. That will make it very difficult for businesses to utilize drones in their operations.

Potential Legal Issues?

Part 107 of the FAA regulations mandates that they will not allow air carrier operations to partake in drone usage. In order words, companies like FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS, or anyone crossing state or national lines cannot operate under Part 107. This will greatly limit the amount of drone delivery services in the future.

Another legal issue that drone pilots must be cautious of is filing the right paperwork to operate a drone and deliver packages. Both exemptions and certifications are a lengthy process, but must be undertaken to provide delivery service for customers. With a lot of new local government policies regulating drone delivery, it can be hard to keep up with emerging regulations and how they will affect your business.

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With Agenda Discovery’s legislative tracking software, you can stay up to date on any new policies that are impacting piloting drones for commercial use. With technology as new and as life-changing as delivery drones, it’s important that your business is involved in shaping legislation. Request a demo of Agenda Discovery and stay up-to-date on policies that affect your future. 

Taxi Driver Bailout

Taxi drivers are suffering especially since rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft took a fair share of the transportation market. Additionally, another factor that has played a role in the hardship of taxi drivers in New York City are the medallions.

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