The NLA: Here and Now

Posted on April 1, 2004 by LCT Staff - Also by this author

Scott Solombrino recently sat down with LCT Associate publisher/Eastern Region Neil Weiss to discuss the NLA’s goals for the coming year. Solombrino, who is serving his third consecutive term as NLA president, owns the Dav EI Chauffeured Transportation Network.

Q: What are the NLA’s legislative goals for 2004?

A: The first one is the Gas Guzzler Tax exemption. The Senate passed the Gas Guzzler bill this winter as a part of $325 billion transportation package, and now it’s on its way to the House. This would put real money into the pockets of operators about $2,000 a car.

The second legislative initiative is an amendment to change back the overtime wage law. The limousine industry was exempted from overtime wages for 64 years. But some administrator made a bureaucratic change to the policy in 1999.

Q: What are other goals for 2004?

A: We announced the formation of the NLA endowment fund at the LCT Show in February. The NLA is trying to raise at least $1 million over the next five years.

The principal would stay in the fund indefinitely to make the NLA financially self-sufficient. We raised more than $100.000 at the show.

We’ve also got a big push to increase membership. As we grow, we will have more clout in Washington and at the state levels.

Q: Have you seen a recent increase in membership?

A: Our efforts have been paying off. We have a committee that works on increasing membership benefits. People are also realizing that being a member of the NLA helps them succeed. They not only get discount on products they use every day, we help them solve their local regulatory problems.

Q: Do you bare plans to help state and local associations this year?

A: The biggest initiative we have is in California. We had a meeting in February with the California associations and their key members. They’re going to merge into one association.

Our goal is to help them workers compensation, airport issues and the way overtime is calculated.

Barry [Lefkowitz, NLA lobbyist] will be working closely with the NLA board to help California.

We are helping operators in Portland, Ore., where the taxi commission outlawed the use of sedans for limousine businesses without a medallion.

And we met with the Maryland, Virginia and Washington. D.C. associations because we were told that the interstate commerce law, which we helped pass last year, was not being enforced correctly by the three area’s agencies.

The problems local associations face are just as important as the ones we face on a national level.

Q: Is there an initiative to expand international membership?

A: Yes. Operators from Europe want exposure in the U.S. Even though the rules are different from country to country, the international community can learn a lot from us.

We’re going to have a meeting in Canada sometime in May to try to unify the county.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Americans Are Right Not To Trust Self-Driving Cars

Opinion: Washington Post writer Jason Levine says we should be concerned about a lack of oversight and absence of corporate caution in the rush to be first.

LANY Gears Up To Tackle Wide Range Of Issues Sept. 19

Group president says limousine industry faces a regulatory crisis in New York.

Could We See The Return Of The Chauffeur Gate-Meet?

The TSA is allowing non-fliers at the Pittsburgh airport to visit terminals beyond the security lines.

Feds Withdraw Proposed Sleep Apnea Rule For Drivers

But ongoing treatment cannot be stopped and a certified medical examiner can still ask for tests before operating a commercial vehicle.

NYC Wheelchair Rule Unites Opposition From For-Hire Industry

Livery cabs, limos, Uber, and Lyft combat a Taxi and Limousine Commission accessibility mandate.

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment



See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - September 2017 $12.95 MOTORCOACH / BUS ISSUE COVER STORY: * Irizar Racks Up A Good Rookie Year * *


Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close