A bill before the New Jersey Assembly if passed will regulate TNCs.
PRINCETON, N.J. — The Limousine Associations of New Jersey (LANJ) is making strides in its legislative fight to ensure that Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) play by the same rules and regulations that are subject to ground transportation providers.
During the association’s member meeting and luncheon Sept. 17, Jeff Shanker, (A-1 Limousine, Princeton), and chair of the LANJ legislative committee, told members that a proposed bill (3401) that would “level the playing field” is now under review by the Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, which is chaired by the bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-31). The bill would subject TNCs to the same regulations that govern limousine companies. A hearing is set for Oct. 2 in Trenton.
“The bill would require TNCs to have the proper commercial insurance, criminal background check by the state police and comply with interstate commerce laws assembly," Shanker said. He also told members that in order to keep the pressure on legislators, donations are being solicited for the association’s PAC and to hire a public relations firm to further present the case against TNCs to the public, media and politicians throughout the state.
Barry Lefokwitz, LANJ’s statewide political lobbyist, said the current bill is backed by both the state Departments of Labor and Treasury, and the Motor Vehicles Commission, as well as transportation groups and other transportation industry stakeholders and agencies.
In addition, Shanker said the committee is raising PAC funds to support politicians behind the bill, lobbying initiatives, and also a public relations campaign to ensure the association’s voice is heard to see the bill eventually passed and is signed into law by the Governor. So far, the committee has raised about $1,000 and is aiming to raise $20,000.
NLA Expert Panel to Discuss TNCs at LCT-NLA Show East in Atlantic City
A panel of National Limousine Association experts will update attendees on NLA initiatives regarding what the association is doing on the industry’s behalf on the national front to reach consumers, regulators, insurance commissioners and how to address the challenges of illegal TNCs at LCT-NLA Show East on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 1:35 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. at Caesars Atlantic City.
Presenters include: NLA President Gary Buffo of Pure Luxury Transportation of Petaluma, Calif.; Philip Jagiela, executive director of the National Limousine Association (NLA); Gregory McDonald, a federal lobbyist at Cornerstone Government Affairs; NLA attorney Manesh Rath of Keller & Heckman; and NLA board director Scott Solombrino, CEO of Dav El / Boston Coach.
See Philadelphia Magazine article on New Jersey TNCs.