Members Regroup, Prepare For Big Show In Las Vegas

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Tom Halligan - Also by this author

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Associations across the land are gearing up for new legislative battles against TNCs, now that state legislatures are back in business and many associations are regrouping after annual board elections in December and January.

LANJ vice president Jeff Shanker leads industry efforts in New Jersey to regulate TNCs.
LANJ vice president Jeff Shanker leads industry efforts in New Jersey to regulate TNCs.

New Jersey
Limousine Association of New Jersey (LANJ) continues to spar with the state legislature over TNCs. Action by the New Jersey Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee at its much-awaited December hearing merged seven bills, including a watered-down version of LANJ’s proposed Assembly Bill 3401, into one substitution. It calls for TNCs to insure drivers and their cars for the full times on the clock. It also makes TNCs responsible for driver background checks and vehicle safety inspections.

While the “combined” bill moved out of the Assembly committee, it remains to be seen if it will make it to the Assembly floor and/or if a comparable bill will progress to the New Jersey Senate.
“This substitute bill is not the answer for assuring the public’s safety — our tantamount objective,” said LANJ vice president and Legislative Committee chair, Jeff Shanker (A-1 Limousine, Princeton). “New Jersey police should be conducting full background checks with fingerprinting for TNC drivers and the TNCs should be required to have full-time commercial insurance coverage.”

LANJ members are making personal appeals to their legislators to bring TNCs in line with the regulations of chauffeured transportation companies.

HALCA leaders Mary Vaught, Wes Hart, Ismael Abed, and Erich Reindl enjoy the annual holiday party. (Photo by Roswitha Vogler)
HALCA leaders Mary Vaught, Wes Hart, Ismael Abed, and Erich Reindl enjoy the annual holiday party. (Photo by Roswitha Vogler)
Houston, Texas
The Houston Area Livery and Charter Association (HALCA) held its annual holiday Christmas party on Dec. 14, bringing in more than 120 operators and vendors to celebrate and network after a year of intense regulatory efforts.

HALCA founder and first President Erich Reindl of Avanti Transportation stepped down from his three-years of service as President, and is succeeded by Wes Hart of American Corporate Transportation. The night also celebrated the long tenure of board members Richard Mishriky of CTI Transportation and Mary Vaught of Vaught Insurance, who also stepped down from their board roles. The association then welcomed newly appointed members Lauren Barrash of The Wave, Rony Diedonne of Global Transportation, and Kevin Claypool of Atlas Limousines.

During his term, Reindl spoke in front of the Houston City Council to explain the safety concerns for TNC passengers, and the unequal regulations in place for limo companies and TNCs. He believes that HALCA will progress on these issues. “The Houston Area Livery and Charter Association is a strong association,” Reindl said. “We have great turnouts for our events and we have been growing our membership.”

Joe Carr was named the Colorado Limousine Association (CLA) executive director in January. He will also serve as the association’s lobbyist at the state and local levels. Carr has worked as a state lobbyist at Artist & Associates since 2008, which served as the contracted lobbying firm for the CLA in 2014. Carr holds a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado and a M.A. degree from the Colorado School of Mines.

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