Legal Memorandum: Time Limit on Operation of Rental Cars

Issue: Under the law of the Virgin Islands, is there a limit to the length of time a vehicle offered as a rental car or ‘drive yourself car’ may be in operation?

Area of Law: Administrative Law, Administrative Law & Regulation (Federal and State), Aviation & Transportation Law
Keywords: Drive yourself car; Rental car operation; Limit to the length of time
Jurisdiction: Virgin Islands
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: 20 V.I.C. § 416(2), § 415
Date: 04/01/2015

20 V.I.C. § 416(2) prohibits rental cars*FN1 from being “employed or operated” if the vehicle was sold new by the manufacturer or dealer more than six years previously.  (Section 416 was amended to extend the time from five to six years.  2012 V.I. Sess. Laws 7458.  It was also amended from four to five years, 1998 V.I. Sess. Laws 6232, and from three to four years. 1968 V.I. Sess. Law 551.)


*FN1 “Drive-yourself car” means any passenger-carrying automobile or station wagon rented, or available for rent, to a person for value (whether (1) such value is in the nature of a specific rate or fee for the use of such car, or (2) such car is provided as incidental to the use, or as a part of the cost for the use, of any hotel, motel, guest-house, or any other tourist facilities), with the intent that such person, or his designee, will operate it on the highways of the Virgin Islands.  20 V.I.C. § 415


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