SECION 1. Section 6 of chapter 60A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-
Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, the excise assessed for a motor vehicle registered pursuant to section 2J of chapter 90 shall be laid and collected at the address of the rental branch, as that term is defined in subsection (a) of said section 2J of said chapter 90, for which the rental company used when registering the motor vehicle pursuant to said subsection (b) of said section 2J of said chapter 90; provided, however, that in the case of a car sharing network, as that term is defined in subsection (a) of said section 2J of said chapter 90, the excise shall be laid at the car sharing network’s principal place of business and collected by the municipality where the motor vehicle is parked or garaged as that information is provided to the registrar pursuant to subsection (c) of said section 2J of said chapter 90.
SECTION 2. Chapter 90 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 2I the following section:-
Section 2J. (a) As used in this section, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:-
“Car sharing network”, any person or organization in the business of providing motor vehicles for rent to members of the network and that maintain vehicles in dedicated parking spots as opposed to a rental branch.
“Rental branch”, a physical place of business in the commonwealth operated by a rental company where the company maintains all or part of its motor vehicle fleet and where customers may go to pick up or drop off a motor vehicle for rent.
“Rental company”, any person or organization in the business of providing motor vehicles for rent to the public and that maintains vehicles for pick up and drop off at a rental branch.
(b) (1) In each calendar year a rental company shall register a minimum number of the motor vehicles in its fleet with the commonwealth in accordance with the provisions of this chapter except as specified in this subsection. The minimum number of vehicles to be registered shall be based on a percentage calculated by dividing: (i) the rental company’s revenue generated from rentals originating from any location in the commonwealth for the previous calendar year; by (ii) the rental company’s total annual revenue for the same calendar year.
(2) When registering motor vehicles pursuant to this subsection, a rental company shall use the address of each rental branch it maintains in the commonwealth. The rental branch shall be considered the location where the motor vehicle is customarily kept for purposes of imposing, assessing and collecting the excise required by chapter 60A. The minimum number of motor vehicles to be registered to a particular rental branch in a given calendar year shall be calculated by: (i) multiplying (a) the average number of motor vehicles available for rent on a particular day from that rental branch during the previous calendar year by (b) the percentage calculated pursuant to paragraph (1); and (ii) rounding up to the nearest whole number.
(c) Each vehicle offered for rent in the commonwealth by a car sharing network shall be registered with the commonwealth in accordance with the provisions of this chapter except as specified in this subsection. In registering a vehicle under this subsection, the car sharing network shall provide the registrar with the address of the principle place of business of the ride sharing network and the name of the municipality where the motor vehicle is parked or garaged, which shall be considered the location where the motor vehicle is customarily kept for purposes of imposing, assessing and collecting the excise required by chapter 60A. The car sharing network shall annually update this information with the registrar.
(d) The registrar may promulgate rules and regulations as are necessary to carry out this section.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect 1 year after its passage.
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