“Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are, night now” — Teddy Roosevelt, on “Winners”
With the limousine industry seemingly riding the crest of an “Endless Summer” wave, I am compelled to bring things back down to earth by discussing an imposing threat to us all.
Rules and regulations are being passed by state and local authorities which inadvertently affect livery services’ potential for business. I hear it daily in my phone conversations with coachbuilders. I see it in my travels and visits with limousine operators. Legislators that think they are doing the world good by passing their tough drinking and driving laws are forgetting about our serious group of professional public-serving companies.
While the laws may be well and good for the general public, let’s face it, limousines are helping get drunk drivers oil the streets and into the rear of a professionally-driven vehicle.
If the limousine industry is going to grow and prosper, the days of lip service are over. There are too many issues at hand to sit back and “let Johnny do it.” Instead of sitting back and saying, “This piece of legislation is bad,” or, “The rules should be changed to such-and-such.” Let’s do something about it.
This industry needs both leaders and followers. I urge our readers to start local and state associations to counteract those negative rules and regulations.
The time for joining in is now. And the way to join in the various battles is through local, state and even a national association. Read our association articles in this issue. By joining in you’ll help ensure the limousine industry stays a winner.