FARMINGDALE, Mass. — The New England Livery Association (NELA) held its quarterly meeting Tuesday, drawing 90 industry members despite the difficult economy.
Association president Mike Pazzaneze praised members for their participation in the association during the recession. NELA has been working in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island to ensure that the industry’s interests are being upheld.
• In Massachusetts, NELA is attempting to maintain insurance minimums and put the responsibility for drivers’ licensing on the driver instead of the company. This will ensure that when a driver applies, he is already background checked. Such a policy would streamline the hiring process.
• In Rhode Island, NELA is fighting illegal operators and working with the Public Utilities Commission to negotiate an equitable solution.
• In Connecticut, the association is trying to establish better regulatory authority which is split by separate governing bodies and causes enforcement issues.
• Mark Munoz of Boston Coach spoke on behalf of the NLA as the region’s representative and presented the association with a check for $6,100 for the commissions the association received for NLA memberships. Munoz said NELA received the biggest check this year from the NLA. The NLA had suspended the association commission program last year because of budget cuts, but had reinstated it earlier this year.
• NELA executive director Rick Szilagyi said NELA now has 275 members. It has not increased its dues to members since 2001. NELA instead uses other methods to raise revenues such as their golf outing and sponsorships.
Source: Linda Moore, LCT Magazine