US Public Policy Update

 New shared-use mobility providers are an extension of the public transit network and may soon qualify for tax benefits as US lawmakers recognize the social and environmental benefits of bikesharing, carsharing and ridesharing programs.   Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is proposing an amendment that would allow New Yorkers to exclude the cost of bikesharing memberships from their income for tax purposes. Read more.  

In Hawaii, legislators passed a bill that makes a distinction between carsharing and car rentals and provides for a ‘per-hour’ taxation rate that encourages state residents to share cars.  Daily excise taxes on holiday and business travellers will remain in place. Read more

The Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit held June 10 and 11 in Washington DC will advance the conversation about how government and shared-use providers can work together to create seamless transportation systems.

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