NEW YORK — Luxury Based Operators Association of New York (LBOA) has sent and presented a position paper to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) expressing its concerns for the proposed new rules which will govern for-hire vehicles.
Additionally, LBOA sent the position paper and a formal letter to all of the commissioners requesting that they withdraw the vote scheduled for April 16 in order for the association to work with the TLC to create a more equitable document which would serve the needs of the TLC, the driving public, and the operator-members of LBOA.
LBOA met with other transportation related associations to create a unified front when speaking to the TLC. Included in these meetings were the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers and the New York Livery Based Owners Coalition. Representative from the TLC attended this meeting.
Although the attendees expressed extreme reservations about the new rules, the TLC will likely proceed with the vote as schedule on April 16. LBOA is urging its members and other transportation companies who service the New York City market to contact their commissioners, councilmen, and other legislative members to request a delay of the vote until further discussion and amendments can be made to the rules.
LBOA will be attending a briefing on Wednesday for New York City Council members. This event is sponsored by Councilmen Miguel Martinez and John Liu. John Liu is the chairman of the transportation committee.
So far, LBOA has 20 operator members and 15 supplier members from New York and New Jersey. The association represents operators with a combined total of 2,450 livery vehicles.
Source: Linda Moore, LCT Magazine