Substitute House Bill No. 6617

Public Act No. 01-200

AN ACT CONCERNING RENTAL MOTOR VEHICLES AND LEASE RATES FOR MOTOR VEHICLES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (a) Upon expiration of a motor vehicle rental contract between a lessee and a rental company, the rental company has the right to take possession of the rental motor vehicle pursuant to this section if: (1) The term of the expired rental contract was for thirty days or less; and (2) not less than seventy-two hours have elapsed from the time the vehicle should have been returned in accordance with the provisions of the rental contract and during which time the lessee and rental company did not agree to extend the rental contract. "Lessee" and "rental company" have the same meaning as in section 12-692 of the general statutes and "rental motor vehicle" has the same meaning as in section 14-15b of the general statutes.

(b) In taking possession of the rental motor vehicle pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the rental company may proceed (1) pursuant to judicial process, or (2) without judicial process, if it proceeds without breach of the peace.

Sec. 2. Subsection (d) of section 42-158b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) The provisions of this section shall apply to lease agreements entered into on or after July 1, [2001] 2002.

Sec. 3. Subsection (b) of section 42-158c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall apply to lease agreements entered into on or after July 1, [2001] 2002.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2001, except that section 1 shall take effect October 1, 2001.

Approved July 11, 2001