Cliff Wright, president of the Greater Orlando Limousine Association (R), presents a $3,500 check on behalf of GOLA members to Florida Limousine Association President, Rick Versace to help the FLA in its lobbying efforts to regulate TLCs.
FLORIDA — Even though the Florida state legislature in May killed two bills that would have changed regulatory statutes to allow Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) to operate in the state, the limousine industry still faces ongoing battles with Uber and Lyft that continue to launch services in cities and counties throughout the state.
Recognizing that the fight is far from over, the Greater Orlando Limousine Association (GOLA) contributed $3,500 to the Florida Limousine Association (FLA) to continue its lobbying efforts on behalf of operators statewide to ensure that TNC’s operate legally throughout the state.
“The entire industry needs to work together to stop illegal companies from operating in our space,” said FLA President, Rick Versace.
“No matter how great the technology, if these companies use vehicles that are not registered and not insured properly then they are putting the riding public in danger and should either come into compliance or be closed down,” he added.
GOLA President Cliff Wright said lobbying costs are very expensive and that his association has sent members to the state capitol in Tallahasse in support of the FLA in its lobbying initiatives.
“We have sent four delegates (Gregg Moulton, vice president; Albert Castagna, secretary; Ashraf Elmahdi, board member; and Cliff Wright, president) to Tallahassee several times to do our part to support the FLA,” said Wright. “The GOLA board and all of our members voted unanimously to help ther FLA.”
Just recently, UberX and Lyft started service in Miami-Dade County in defiance of the county commissioners that ruled their operations illegal last year.
Miami Herald article here
—Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor