GCLA president Kevin Illingworth (center right) at the LAX Airport Police station with Officer Mike Dear (center left) who is participating in the race along with Police Chief Patrick Gannon (second from right).
LOS ANGELES -- The Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) donated $500 this week to the “Police Unity Tour,” a bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. that covers more than 400 miles to support the families of fallen police officers.
The ride started in 1997 with 18 participating riders, and has since grown to include over 1,800 people making the ride, coming from all over the U.S.
GCLA President Kevin Illingworth said the donation was also a way to thank the Los Angeles International Airport Police for their enforcement efforts. “With the hard work and dedication from GCLA board member Matt Strack, we feel that the officers have been instrumental in enforcing illegal activity by the TNCs while coordinating a level playing field for TCP operators within the LAX Airport," Illingworth said. "The GCLA felt it was a great way to show our appreciation by supporting the fallen officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, which the Police Unity Tour supports."
The LAX Airport Police has done a great job enforcing the no pick-up agreement at LAX, despite looser policies at other airports including airports in San Francisco, Orange County and San Diego, which allow Uber to operate without the insurance and background checks required, according to the GCLA.
The GCLA has been in an in an active battle to create a level playing field for operators with TNCs in the state over such policies and regulations as insurance, permits, licensing and background checks, among others.
GCLA information: www.gcla.org.
Police Unity Tour information: policeunitytour.com.