RentMyCar’s Mobile Friendly Website

RentMyCar Creates a Mobile Friendly Website

By B. David Mehmet,  February 03, 2012

All iPhone, Android and Blackberry users can now automatically access RentMyCar’s mobile friendly website by simply scanning the QR bar code for RentMyCar with their mobile phones, or by entering the website’s URL in their phone browser.

You will be able to register, login, list, search, view, complete transaction, make payments and communicate with RentMyCar’s staff from your mobile phone. As the peer-to-peer car sharing industry grows, RentMyCar will bring you more advanced features to facilitate the peer-to-peer car sharing process.

As part of the mobile technology that RentMyCar is implementing, the Virtual Vehicle Rental Sticker (VVRS) will play a fundamental roll in the P2P car sharing industry. It allows car owners within the P2P car sharing industry to identify their cars for rent and to utilize a mobile phone to immediately pull up the rental information of that specific car no matter where that car is located. For example, if the car is in transit or parked in a separate location, a pedestrian can utilize their mobile phone to scan the VVRS on the car’s windshield. They will then be presented with the car rental information. They can book then book the car rental. The VVRS is provisional patent pending and the claims cover all methods of identifying a P2P car share with a mobile phone.

Use your mobile phone to scan the QR bar code and see where it takes you.





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GM Motors Offers Developers an Onstar API Platform

Onstar will now be available to third-party developers

By B. David Mehmet, January 16, 2011

On October 6, 2011, I published an article entitled “The GM – Relayrides Partnership Violates Anti-Trust Laws“. GM motors had entered into an agreement with Relayrides, a peer-to-peer car sharing service, to allow it to offer its service via its Onstar system. However, as I wrote in the prior article, that deal violated Anti-Trust Laws. In that article, I also identified how GM could benefit from  an open Onstar system that allowed other peer-to-peer car sharing services to access it. In and around January 8, 2012, GM announced that the Onstar system will now be open to a select group of third-party developers. See GM announcement.

I congratulate GM for its wise decision. The Onstar system is a perfect match for the peer-top-peer car sharing industry. It will promote the industry and the Onstar system by making it affordable to gain access to this technology instead of having each car sharing service install and maintain their own systems.

Virtual Vehicle Rental Sticker (VVRS) and GM’s Onstar System

RentMyCar intends to take advantage of the new Onstar API platform by creating a mobile app. that will work with the provisional patent pending Virtual Vehicle Rental Sticker (VVRS).   The VVRS is to be placed on the windshield of the GM vehicles to place the public on notice that the vehicle is for rent. It is also meant to allow renters to utilize their mobile phones to scan the QR bar code on the VVRS, which will automatically pull up the rental information for that vehicle. And it will allow the renter  to use their mobile phone to  (1)  book the car, (2) open the door, (3) start the car, (4) verify the gas level, (5) view the vehicle maintenance report, (6) buy supplemental insurance for the rental and (7) pay for the rental with the Onstar app. Since the VVRS patent locks down all forms of identifying the vehicle on the street, a renter will have a difficult time finding the rental information for that vehicle without the VVRS. The alternative is to go to the Onstar website or to the third-party peer-to-peer car sharing website to locate the geographical location of the vehicle and then pull up the rental information. However, it the vehicle is parked at another location, or if a consumer walking by the vehicle in route, only the VVRS feature can allow them to immediately grab the rental information on the go. With the VVRS attached to the windshield of the vehicle, the renter merely needs to scan the QR bar code on the VVRS and in a matter of seconds, the rental information will be automatically and immediately displayed on their mobile phone. The person can book the car at that time or they can save the information for a later time or date.


 RentMyCar’s Patent Claims will Help Corner the Market

Onstar had entered into an agreement with Relayrides to offer its customers peer-to-peer car sharing. However, what has been overlooked is the fact that many renters will see the GM vehicles on the street; but they will NOT be able to utilize a facilitated method of pulling up the rental information for that vehicle. For example, a renter walking by a GM vehicle may know that the vehicle is for rent from Relayrides because a sticker placed on the windshield will inform them of that fact. But the renter will NOT be able to utilize their mobile phones to scan a QR bar code or enter a number from that sticker to automatically pull up the rental information on their mobile phones. Instead, the renter must go to the website of Relayrides and locate the geographical location of that vehicle and then pull up the rental information.

The VVRS patent locks down any method of identifying a vehicle on the street to pull up the rental information on a mobile phone (e.g. license plate, registration number, symbol, design, mark, electronic, etc). Thus, Relayrides by law will be prohibited from placing any identification number, symbol, design, electronic emitter or any other identifying mark on their stickers that would be used by a mobile phone or an electronic reader to pull up the rental information. To do so would be to infringe on RentMyCar’s VVRS patent claims.

Although there is a viable use for identification numbers attached to a peer-to-peer car sharing vehicle,  Relayrides has never included an identification number on their stickers nor on their door advertisements that can be utilized with a mobile phone. Instead, Relayrides provides key cards that are held over an electronic sticker on the windshield to open the car door.




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The GM – Relayrides Partnership Violates Anti-Trust Laws

A  Partnership that echoes the mistakes of Microsoft’s Windows-IE bundling

by B. David Mehmet

Without a doubt, the partnership between GM and Relayrides has created a peer-to-peer car sharing monopoly that may involve millions of  cars. On the Onstar website,, they state that the Onstar system is “Built into 30 GM models“.  Thus, GM will be bundling Relayride’s peer-to-peer car sharing service into its Onstar system right off the assembly line. This unfair business practice hinders competition because no GM owner who already has Onstar in their car is going to want to have another peer-to-peer car sharing service install keycard equipment into their cars. Furthermore, peer-to-peer car sharing services will have a higher expense in creating, installing and maintaining keycard equipment similar to the Onstar system into their clients’ cars. This includes the difficulty of convincing car owners with Onstar to use their services.

Anti-Trust laws were created to:

  • prohibit agreements or practices of companies that restrict free trade and competition.
  • prohibit abusive behavior by a company dominating a market, or anti-competitive practice that leads to such a dominant position.
  • prohibit agreements that may be considered as threatening the competitive process, or approving such agreements subject to conditions. For example, offering licenses to other businesses.

In the case of U.S.A. vs. Microsoft 98 cv1232, the United States charged Microsoft with violating the Sherman Act (Anti-Trust law) by bundling Internet Explorer with its Windows operating system. This hindered competition and created an unfair business practice to other providers of Internet browsers whose users had to download their browsers over a slow internet connection. Microsoft paid $1 Billion to settle the lawsuit. And Microsoft was sued again by the EU for bundling their Windows Media Player with their operating system. The EU fined Microsoft $666 Million. Here, GM is manufacturing 30 different models of cars with a built in Onstar system that will offer their customers the peer-to-peer car sharing service of Relayrides and intentionally excludes all other peer-to-peer car sharing services. This situation is worse than the Microsoft case since Microsoft actually allowed other companies to access their operating system while GM is not. In addition, GM has invested monies into Relayrides and it is obtaining a financial benefit from assisting Relayrides to exclude other companies from accessing millions of cars installed with the Onstar system. Thus, the GM-Relayrides partnership creates an unfair business practice that effectively hinders competition. Therefore, the GM-Relayrides partnership has violated anti-trust laws as identified under the Sherman Act.

SOLUTION: The solution would be to have GM open its Onstar system to ALL peer-to-peer car sharing services by selling them licenses. GM car owners can then use the Onstar system to choose one or more peer-to-peer car sharing services to work with. This will create fair competition, it will promote the new peer-to-peer car sharing industry more, it will create a new revenue source for GM and it will create a new sales force for GM to sell its Onstar services via  all the peer-to-peer car sharing companies. The alternative is to terminate the GM-Relayrides partnership that clearly violates anti-trust laws.














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Oregon Passes Peer to Peer Car Sharing Law HB3149

Peer to Peer Car Sharing Bill PassesOn June 21, 2011, A Second State Passed a Peer to Peer Car Sharing Bill HB3149

California was the first State to pass a peer to peer car sharing bill under AB1871. Oregon is the second State that has followed the lead of California. On June 21, 2011, Oregon passed their own peer to peer car sharing law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2012. The new law allows car owners to rent out their cars without suffering liability for an accident or losing their insurance coverage. Clearly, these two States are the leaders in this new car rental industry that will inevitably take off. The bills in both States were passed by an overwhelming number of politicians. This is a strong sign that these intelligent individuals have seen a benefit to the public after reviewing the facts. Other States are watching and reviewing the bills of these two States. It is most likely that other States will follow in the tracks of California and Oregon. You are witnessing the beginning of a major creation of a huge industry.

Many people find it difficult in today’s World to make ends meet. What they also find difficult is renting out their cars to strangers. Many of these people have difficulty lending their cars to their family members and friends, and now this industry is asking them to rent out their cars to total strangers. When humans are met with something new that has some dangers in it, they run the other way. It is only when they are educated and they watch others successfully navigate through this new market will they wet their feet. This is a natural progression in anything that is first presented to the average consumer. Thus, it will take time for this industry to grow because it will take time to educate millions of consumers. However, economic factors and new legislation is helping to propel this industry at a fast pace. Car owners are finding themselves paying historically high gas prices and other costs to maintain their vehicles. Millions of car owners have eliminated their cars due to their inability to pay for them.

However, there are serious pit falls in the peer to peer car rental industry that could harm a car owner that need to be addressed. Anyone who truly studies the benefits and detriments of this new industry will find that the dangers can be properly managed while enjoying the benefits this industry offers.  For example, the biggest fear among car owners is whether the renter will damage the car. First, insurance companies are now establishing short-term insurance coverage for this industry to cover any damages caused by a renter. Second, a feedback system allows car owners to choose who rents their cars. Third, a car owner has the opportunity of purchasing a second hand car that they rent out, which pays for both their cars and gives them a profit.  Thus, as the consumer becomes more educated to the opportunities and options within industry, which will allow them to overcome their fears,  the peer to peer car rental industry will experience an explosive growth.

Although companies like Relayrides and Getaround are charging a membership fee and/or a commission on the rentals, this is NOT the proper peer to peer car sharing business model that will succeed or even survive in the long run. It is the consumer that will dictate what business model will survive in the end NOT any specific peer to peer car sharing site.

At RentMyCar, we are noticing that the consumer does NOT want to pay membership fees or any commissions on their rentals to a third party. They want to keep as much money from their rentals as they can. In addition, not only is it not economically feasible to install and maintain keycard equipment into millions of cars; but millions of cars cannot support the technology, the keycard can be easily hacked by a handheld scanner and car owners just do NOT like having the devices in their cars when they do NOT have to have them. One bad news report that someone used a hacked keycard to break into someones car and steal it or some belongings within the car, car owners will shy away from the keycard technology.

Believe it or NOT, it is eBay that has pioneered a business model that will find its way into the peer to peer car sharing industry. It is the billing and auction type platform that the consumer will adopt for this industry. For example, at RentMyCar, we have further noticed that top luxury cars like a recently listed $100,000 BMW M5 or $130,000 BMW M6 come in limited supply; but they have a high demand. Thus, what do you have when demand exceeds the supply? You have an opportunity to set the daily rental rate by accepting BIDS from renters. Therefore, you will see luxury car owners listing their cars in an auction type  platform. The highest winning bid sets the rental rate. There will also be a similar billing structure that eBay employs for the initial listing of the cars and then for the successful auction.  This is a phenomena that the car rental industry has never experienced because they tend to have thousands of cars of the same model. It is this eBay type of business model that companies like Relayrides and Getaround have NOT been enlightened with yet. They are making the same mistake that AOL made when it charged for email services when Yahoo was offering a free email service.  At RentMyCar, we are sitting back and watching companies like Relayrides and Getaround spending millions building up their business and marketing this industry for us with a losing business model. As the consumer becomes more educated, they will migrate to business models like that of to eliminate membership fees and rental commissions and to have more control over their rentals.

See Oregon Bill HB3149:

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Swapping Public Curbside Parking Spaces for a Fee (ParkSwap)

Park SwapParkswap Your Public Curbside Parking Space for a fee

How many times have you traveled to the City or Town and you had to circle around the block looking for a free public curbside parking space?  How many times have you located a curbside parking space to only have someone in front of you take it before you could? What if you could just pull out your mobile phone and reserve a public curbside parking space before you got there? will allow  you to utilize your mobile phone to view local public curbside parking spaces and pay a small fee to have the current car parked there moved for you by the owner for a few hours or days.  Although  a public parking space is NOT individually owned by any single person, a person parked in a public curbside parking space has a legal right to remain in that parking space until they are legally required to move the car. e.g. They must move the car for street cleaning or non-parking hours. However, the majority of these car owners would sit in their cars and wait for the street cleaning truck to pass by and they would then park the car in the same public curbside space. Car owners in the City would do this for weeks and months at a time, which prevents other drivers from accessing those public parking spaces. ParkSwap would allow these car owners to agree to voluntarily give up those public parking spaces for a fee.

There appears to be NO laws that would prohibit these car owner from voluntarily AGREEING to move their cars from a public curbside parking space upon demand and for a fee. In the alternative, these car owners will continue to park their cars in those public curbside parking spaces for weeks at a time and even months at a time.  Thus, Parkswap creates a new and novel business method that allows for public curbside parking space swapping for a fee. This would help to releases thousands of public parking spaces being held by a local resident, it helps car owners pay for the cost of their cars, it helps the environment by reducing the fossil fuel emissions caused by driving around looking for a parking space and it creates jobs by allowing car owners to intentionally reserve parking spaces for other drivers instead of parking in them for weeks or months at a time.  For example, a tractor trailer moving people in or out of an apartment in the City can purchase a few hours of parking space from local resident car owners. Once the tractor trailer no longer needs the parking spaces, the cars return to the same parking spaces as they do when the street cleaning truck passes by.

Therefore, the public curbside parking space  is NOT being rented out; but instead, the AGREEMENT TO RELEASE the parking space for a few hours or days when someone is NOT required to by law is the BENEFIT that is being for.

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Oregon has Introduced a Personal Vehicle Sharing Bill

Oregon follows in the footsteps of California

In September 2010, California passed AB 1871 that promoted the personal vehicle sharing  market. The law converted millions of privately owned vehicles into potential rental cars by removing the threat of losing insurance coverage if a person rented out their vehicle.

Oregon representative Cannon and Dingfelder have introduced house bill 3149 pertaining to “Personal Vehicle Sharing”. In summary, the bill contains the following provisions (

Establishes standards for personal vehicle sharing programs. Requires personal vehicle sharing program to provide motor vehicle liability insurance for periods when vehicle is in use by program. Prohibits motor vehicle liability insurers from canceling policy or reclassifying use from private passenger motor vehicle to commercial use vehicle because of vehicle’s use in personal vehicle sharing program.

Recently a New York legislator contacted RentMyCar to discuss the possibility of introducing a similar bill that California has passed. There is NO doubt that a similar bill in New York, if passed, will benefit millions. Especially in the metropolitan area. There are vehicles parked in the street all week long that are only moved on street cleaning days. These vehicles can be put into good use for the local community. The city could also make money by selling vehicle sharing permits and designating parking spots for those privately owned vehicles.

Furthermore, building owners can designate parking spots in their buildings that would allow one tenant to rent out their vehicle to another tenant.  Not only would this help to eliminate the need of a tenant to buy their own vehicle and to help another tenant pay their expenses; but the building owner can promote personal vehicle sharing in their building to provide an incentive to potential renters. What better option to renting out a car than to be able to simply rent it from another tenant in the same building.

There is NO doubt that personal vehicle car sharing is going to be huge once people start understanding how it works and the market settles into a conformed business method. Not only is the economy forcing people to look for other avenues to earn income because of lost jobs and high gas prices; but government support and concerns for the environment is another factor helping to promote this new market.

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Rent My Car Search Engine and Master Keycard

RentMyCar’s Car  Sharing Search Engine Displays specific geographical locations of cars from multiple car sharing services on one page, and connects them to a single master keycard.


The RentMyCar master keycard creates a global car sharing network that utilizes a single master keycard with RFID technology or similar technology to allow a member to search for and book a car rental from multiple car sharing companies Worldwide from one website and to allow the member to access the rental car with that single master keycard instead of registering on multiple car sharing websites and requiring multiple keycards to access the car.

The master keycard utilizes a central database connected to an API Platform that pushes membership and billing information to multiple databases of third-party car sharing services to set up multiple accounts for each member. In return, RentMyCar receives unique membership identifications from multiple third-party car sharing services for each member. The membership identifications are hardcoded into each member’s master keycard and categorized by third-party car sharing service name.
In addition, RentMyCar master keycard allows some car sharing services, upon the approval of their member, to merely transmit to RentMyCar their member identification that is coded into the RentMyCar master keycard. The member can then use the RentMyCar master keycard to access the third-party car. The member can authorize endless car sharing services to transmit their membership identications to RentMyCar to be added to the RentMyCar master keycard.
Furthermore, a member of any car sharing service can provide their membership identifications from any car sharing service by entering it into their account at RentMyCar by choosing the name of the third-party car sharing service and entering their third-party car sharing member identification. RentMyCar will then code it into the masterkey card using and deliver it to the member. A member can add an endless number of third-party car sharing identifications to their RentMyCar account that will be coded into the RentMyCar master keycard. The member can then book their car rental with any car sharing service and use their RentMyCar master keycard to access the car. Thus, there is no longer a need to carry multiple keycards of third-party car sharing services.
In connection with the master keycard, a member can use RentMyCar’s search engine to search multiple available rental cars from multiple car sharing services on RentMyCar. The member can then book a car rental from any of the listed third-party car sharing services and use their master keycard to access the car. RentMyCar’s API Platform can push the members’ booking information to the third-party car sharing service and it will receive a confirmation of the booking. However, the member can also book the rental directly on the third-party car sharing website. The member then utlizes the master keycard to access the vehicle of the third-party car sharing service Worldwide. Once the member has completed their rental, the car sharing service bills the member separately as a regular member of theirs.
Therefore, the RentMyCar master keycard creates a global car sharing network that will give the member access to thousands of cars Worldwide that are accessible via a single website and by utilizing a single master keycard.

In further implimenting the RentMyCar masterkey card feature, RentMyCar will offer its members and the members of third-party car sharing services a car sharing search engine.
The search engine is specifically for the car sharing industry. Car sharing services Worldwide will be listed in the search engine. A renter can then conduct a search and find cars within the car sharing network and their locations. Each car sharing service car location can be viewed on Google’s geo map, which will produce a combined map view of all the cars located for that search location from multiple car sharing services instead of a single car sharing service. The renter can then book the car and use their RentMyCar master keycard to access the car anywhere in the World.
Conventional search engines have been around for some time that allow a person to search for available car rentals and book a car rental. These search engines identify identify the rental car office location (e.g. Hertz, Avis, Thrify, etc). Search engines of car sharing companies identify the geographical locations of their cars to allow their member to locate the car (e.g. zipcar, Relayrides, etc).
However, there has never existed a search engine that combines all the geographical car locations of every car sharing service by search location. Present search engines cannot produce a SINGLE combined search result that displays the geographical location of cars belonging to Zipcar, Relayrides, City Car Share, etc. For example, a Google search produces only the name and location of the actual car sharing offices. It does NOT produce the geographical location of each car. And although each car sharing service utilizes Google’s geomap to display the locations of their cars, they do NOT produce a COMBINED search result that displays the geographical location of ALL the cars from multiple car sharing services. Thus, a member would have to go to the website of each car sharing service to find the geographical location of each of their cars.
RentMyCar’s search engine will allow members to view all the geographical locations of every car from mutliple third-party car sharing service Worldwide on one Google map. It will also display whether that car is avaiable for rent. The member will then be able to select that location and book the car. The member will then be able to use their RentMyCar master keycard to access the third-party car.
Example: RentMyCar Search interface. Enter Country, State, City or Zip code to view the COMBINED geographical location of cars from mulitple car sharing services.
Example: RentMyCar’s search engine’s map display of COMBIND car locations from multiple car sharing services:
The intellectual property rights being claimed here is the improved and combined search functionality for the car sharing industry and a master keycard. Since conventional car rental agencies give out physical keys to the renters and they have never implemented a keycard system as described herein, the master keycard idea was not obvious. Furthermore, since the car sharing market is new and there are a few car sharing services, there was never a need for a combined search result that produced the geographical location of every car from mutliple car sharing services. Thus, there is NO prior art that would suggest a similar search and master keycard feature as described herein. Therefore, there is no bar to RentMyCar in claiming intellectual property rights on its improved search and master keycard features.
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Personal Car Sharing and Manslaughter Charges

Personal Car Sharing and ManslaughterThe Shocking connection

In the worst case, a Vehicle owner who rents out their vehicle under the new personal car sharing market can be charged with manslaughter if they fail to regularly inspect their vehicle and a defect in the vehicle caused their renter to get into an accident that killed someone (e.g. bad brakes). Such a defect can be caused by a prior renter and it can go unnoticed by the vehicle owner absent periodic vehicle inspections. Thus, car rental laws mandate that vehicle owners perform periodic vehicle inspections.

Full insurance coverage does not mean you are fully protected

You continuously hear how car sharing services like RelayRides are providing a million dollar insurance policy to their members, which they claim will fully cover them from any liability. This is false. Once a vehicle owner starts to rent their vehicle to the public, they will be subjected to State and Federal car rental laws. One such law requires a vehicle owner to REGULARLY inspect their vehicle. For example, California Vehicle Code Sect. 24010 requires a vehicle owner who is engaged in the rental of their vehicles to regularly inspect their vehicles. Failure to regularly inspect the vehicle, which then causes a renter to get into an accident due to a defect in the vehicle may establish a negligence per se claim against the Vehicle owner, or even gross negligence to establish criminal charges. Thus, it does NOT matter if you have a $100 Million insurance policy on your vehicle, you can still be held liable for your failure to regularly inspect your vehicle while renting it out.

Your renter can come after you personally for their accident in your vehicle

What happens if your vehicle is defective and your renter gets into an accident that causes the insurance company to indemnify you and your renter from the other driver’s claim; but not from your renter’s claim against you? What if that defect caused the death of your renter and the renter’s estate comes after you personally for $10 Million? The following case may shed some light on the situation, which allowed the driver to sue the rental company for their personal injury due to negligent maintenance of the vehicle.

Accident victim’s claim for personal injuries against truck rental company was not barred by Graves Amendment which prohibited negligence claims against car-rental companies based solely on theory of vicarious liability, since victim’s claim was based on allegations that company negligently maintained its rental truck. 49 U.S.C.A. § 30106.”

Collazo v. MTA -New York City Transit
74 A.D.3d 642, 905 N.Y.S.2d 30
N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept.,2010

You could be charged with manslaughter for your renter’s accident

In the worst case, you could come home from work to the arms of the police who place you under arrest and charge you with manslaughter for the accident of your renter due to a defect in your vehicle. Imagine the shock on your face and the faces of your family that are full of tears when they carry you away. How about the pain, suffering and legal costs that follow. For example, if your vehicle had bad brakes due to a prior renter damaging them, which caused your next renter to hit and kill a pedestrian, or themselves. And an inspection thereafter revealed the bad brakes, which you could have uncovered upon a reasonable inspection. You could be charged with manslaughter. Surely, the decedent’s family will want your head on a platter and they will come after you relentlessly.You better be ready to prove that you have been regularly inspecting your vehicle. This evidence alone could head off civil and criminal claims against you. And do not depend on your yearly DMV inspection to save you. It won’t save you because it does not prove that you have been regularly inspecting your vehicle as required by State and Federal rental laws. Thus, anything you do to create evidence that you have been regularly inspecting your vehicle  is an intelligent effort to keep you and your family safe from your renter’s accident. It is easy to say it will never happen to me; but accidents happen every day. And since you will be putting your lives of your family in the hands of a stranger, don’t you think it will be smart to collect this evidence before you ruin your life and your family’s life. It will take only one time to ruin it.

“Guilty Pleas in Vehicular HomicidePublished Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009; Times Herald Staff

We want people in similar situations who are responsible for inspections, if they decide to cut corners and not do their jobs properly, we’re going to hold them criminally responsible,” Zoll said. …The three defendants await sentencing (Owner, driver and mechanic were convicted of vehicular homicide for putting a defective vehicle on the road that caused an accident and killed a person).

The bottom line here is that if you get involved with personal car sharing, which is a great idea, you MUST be a responsible adult and regularly inspect your vehicle and be ready to provide evidence of such inspections. Therefore, enjoy personal car sharing; but do it intelligently to protect yourself and your family.

If you do not heed this advice, I can see the headlines now:  “A Personal car sharing member has been charged with manslaughter“.

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California’s New Law AB 1871 Carries Serious Civil and Criminal Liability – WARNING!

This mini-post is to prepare you for an article I am writing and about to release that discloses serious civil and criminal liability in the implementation of California’s new law AB 1871 when applied to other laws. This liability could place a vehicle owner in serious problems that could ruin their life even if their vehicle is properly insured.

The article is being prepared now and it will be published the first week in January 2011.  A WORD OF WARNING….before you rent out your vehicle to anyone, you must read the article. I assure you, you will understand the serious civil and criminal liability that may befall you  if you are the unlucky one. The article will contain  verifiable statutes and case law. Do NOT listen to any personal car sharing company that tells you you are protected because they are offering you insurance coverage. You can still be personally liable even with their insurance coverage…

Full article to be posted first week of January 2011. The article is entitled:

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AB 1871 Has Passed – Personal Car Sharing is Coming to California

On September 29, 2010, Bill 1871 (a/k/a Personal Car Sharing bill) by California Assembly member Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) – Officially entitled Private passenger motor vehicle insurance coverage: personal vehicle sharing was signed into law by governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. During governor Schwarzeneger’s review and signing of AB 1871, he vetoed 68 other bills:  AB 1871 goes into effect in January 2011 and gives everyone the power to rent out their cars to their neighbors without losing their insurance coverage. The law restricts earnings to the am0unt needed to cover the expenses of owning the car. However, additional temporary insurance will be available by third-party personal car sharing brokers that will facilitate an owner’s rental of their cars to their neighbors.

The governor’s support of AB 1871 is a clear sign of the future and the next generation of car sharing. Many States will be watching California and their implementation of this new law. In fact, I have personally spoke to a New York legislator who is interested in introducing an identical bill in the State of New York. There is NO doubt that people like to own and drive their own cars. And there is NO doubt that such ownership has gotten to be very expensive. Especially with these outrageous gas prices, which will only increase in the future. Personal car sharing allows a car owner to obtain financial assistance from his neighbors by renting his car out to them. Many car owners have the concern that renting out their cars to others will only harm their cars; but since the car owner has the freedom to choose who to rent the car out to, the car owner, with due diligence, can find reasonable and caring renters. The good news in such an arrangement is that once a car owner finds a one or more renters, these renters may be repeat customers that will build a solid and amicable relationship.

This new law hits home to me because living in a big city, there really is NO need to own a car. However, there are times when a car is necessary. AB 1871 will allow landlords to promote personal car sharing in their buildings to attract renters. These cars owned by the tenants can be listed on personal car sharing websites and they would only be available to the tenants of that building. One tenant would list his or her car on a personal car sharing website and another tenant would reserve the car and obtain temporary car insurance from the website host. The tenant would then go down to the building parking lot and drive the car off. This is only one example for personal car sharing.

There are many more applications of this law and if all goes well, this may be the down fall of the traditional car sharing and rental model. For example, on Halloween, instead of my brother-in-law renting out a car for the family from a traditional car rental company to go on a little Halloween adventure, he used a car sharing service called Zipcar. The location of the car was nearby and off they went. When they returned, they merely returned the car back in its location and left the keys inside for the next person. With personal car sharing as allowed under AB 1871 as opposed to a traditional car sharing model, my brother-in-law would have a selection of thousands of cars and hundreds of models to choose from at thousands of locations around the city as a reasonable price. This is a P2P business model that if successful will revolutionize the car rental industry and help the environment at the same time. Thus, I look forward to January 2011 to see how car owners and third-party car sharing companies will implement this new law…very exciting.

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