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4271Ratification Number: 313Act Number: 284Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19990630Primary Sponsor: CatoAll Sponsors: CatoDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\nbd\11470jm99.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20000505Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 20000519Subject: Rental car companies, additional fees and charges by; Motor Vehicles, Businesses and CorporationsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 20000606 Act No. A284 ------ 20000519 Signed by Governor ------ 20000516 Ratified R313 Senate 20000505 Read third time, enrolled for ratification Senate 20000504 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Friday, 20000505 Senate 20000503 Polled out of Committee: Favorable 15 ST Senate 20000217 Introduced, read first time, 15 ST referred to Committee House 20000216 Read third time, sent to Senate House 20000215 Read second time House 20000209 Committee report: Favorable 26 HLCI House 19990630 Introduced, read first time, 26 HLCI referred to Committee Versions of This Bill Revised on February 9, 2000 - Word format Revised on May 3, 2000 - Word format
(A284, R313, H4271)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 56-31-30, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE RENTAL OF PRIVATE PASSENGER AUTOMOBILES, RENTAL RATES, AND PERMITTED AND PROHIBITED CHARGES, SO AS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, TO ELIMINATE THE PROHIBITION UPON A RENTAL COMPANY OF CHARGING AN ADDITIONAL FEE AS A CONDITION OF RENTING, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FUEL SURCHARGES, TO ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE MEANS OF AVOIDING AIRPORT SURCHARGES MUST BE DISCLOSED CLEARLY AND CONSPICUOUSLY IN ALL ADVERTISEMENTS OF A RENTAL RATE TO WHICH AIRPORT SURCHARGES MAY APPLY, AND TO PROVIDE THAT ONLY AIRPORT FEES THAT ARE REMITTED TO THE AIRPORT MANAGEMENT ARE PERMITTED TO BE SEPARATELY STATED AND COLLECTED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Prohibition, requirement eliminated; airport fees; etc.
SECTION 1. Section 56-31-30(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(A) A rental company may advertise, quote, or charge only a rental rate that includes the entire amount, except taxes, airport fees, and a mileage charge, if any, that a renter pays to rent the vehicle for the period of time to which the rate applies. Airport fees must be disclosed clearly and conspicuously in all advertisements of a rental rate for an applicable location either as a specific fee or as a range of fees. Only airport fees that are remitted to the airport management entity are permitted to be separately stated and collected. The company may charge an additional fee for an item or service provided for in the rental agreement if the charge is optional for the renter. The items and services include, but are not limited to, insurance and accessories requested by the renter unless otherwise prohibited as provided in this chapter, charges incident to the renter's optional return of the vehicle to a location other than to where it was rented, and charges for refueling the vehicle at the conclusion of the rental period if the renter did not return the vehicle with the same amount of fuel that was in the vehicle at the beginning of the rental period. A company also may impose an additional charge based on reasonable age criteria it establishes."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 16th day of May, 2000.
Approved the 19th day of May, 2000.
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