NLA Forms Action Alliance With TLPA

Posted on April 7, 2009 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

NEW YORK — NLA President Ron Sorci recently met with officials from the Taxicab, Limousine, and Paratransit Association, a non-profit trade group for the private passenger transportation industry, to form an alliance on common legislative and regulatory issues.

Sorci met in New York last week with Al Lagasse, executive director of the TLPA, and Rick Hewitt, president of the TLPA; and Victor Dizengoff, head of the New York Black Car Association, to agree to collectively fight governmental actions that could be detrimental to the industries while advocating legislative measures helpful to the industries. The meeting was one in a series devoted to finding ways to join efforts.

“There are times we don’t agree on everything on some issues, but if we have common denominators, then we should fight collectively in Washington, D.C.,” Sorci said.

The NLA board has identified several issues of common interest with the TLPA and NYBCA: Avis WeDriveU regulatory problems; the Employee Free Choice Act, also known as card-check legislation; restrictions advocated by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and other federal politicians on corporate travel and business conferences; and a proposed amendment to the RIDE Act that could benefit operators.

The NLA’s lobbying firm, Cornerstone Government Affairs of Washington, D.C., also will coordinate with TLPA lobbyists on legislative strategies and approaches, Sorci said.

Source: Martin Romjue, LCT Magazine

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