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All That Glitters is Not...

Posted on May 1, 1987 by Maury Sutton, LCT Publisher

Limousine use is no longer business luxury, but a viable business tool that stands alongside such familiar items as personal computers, modern phone systems, and corporate aircraft. With that in mind, Limousine & Chauffeur magazine, for the firsttime in our publishing history, has dedicated a number of articles in this issue to the corporate limousine user.

This theme issue contains practical information that will be of interest to the more than 1,500 U.S. corporations who will be receiving complimentary copies. These corporations are the same ones who form the backbone of our industry, and they are also responsible for the growth we have experienced over the past five years.

With more than 75 percent of the livery industry’s business coming from corporate users — including the companies that maintain their own fleets — we felt the time had come for a special theme issue. The glitz and glitter emphasized by the consumer press often makes it hard for industry newcomers to recognize who really represents our “bread and butter.”

In other news, we’re hearing more about regulation. Historians note that the Code of Hammurabi, which dates from 2100 B.C., is one of the first attempts to legislate conduct. The Code contained more than 200 sections that aimed to promote common welfare.

Four thousand years later, regulation is still with us, and the limousine industry is increasingly affected. The purpose of regulation is to protect life and property, but at the April NLA meeting, an interesting observation was made by Norman Kelly of the California P.U.C. Kelly pointed out that the interests of the regulator may not be in the best interest of the regulated.

The expediency the state legislatures have used in putting limousines under the guidelines of the DOT is one example of a quick-fix by regulators. The responsibility to keep regulators informed lies with the industry and I must say that, to date, local associations have been quick to act where abrupt regulations were being enacted.

Larry LeCompte of the Greater St. Louis Association told me that he watched the New Jersey situation with the DOT very closely. His assumption was that Missouri might try something similar. Well, on April first, Missouri did, and Larry was ready.

Be alert and prepared. Keep an eye on the types of regulation that are popping up in other states. After all, regulators in your state do!

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