WATCHDOG REPORT: Limousine drivers are illegally operating taxis in Atlantic City while city officials are ignoring the problem. The situation is an example of hassles legal operators nationwide commonly face resulting from bogus services, poor enforcement, and/or inconsistent laws.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A recent article in the Atlantic City Press provides a deeper look at the problem of illegal operators in this oceanfront city that the LIMOUSINE ASSOCIATIONS OF NEW JERSEY is working to resolve.
ATLANTIC CITY LIMO TAXI TROUBLES ARTICLE HERE
LANJ board member Paul Rosenberg and executive director Barry Lefkowitz recently met with Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles and Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Andrean to determine the willingness of authorities to enforce the limo law in Atlantic County. The limo law combats illegal operators that have limousine plates but act as taxis or that have “agreements” with doormen or concierges for passenger pickup (even when a legitimate operator has a real contract with the venue). Sheriff Balles recommended that he sponsor training workshops that would be developed by LANJ for sheriff officers and county police department representatives who have the authority to enforce the law.
On another front, LANJ also has worked with Anthony Cox, director of licensing for Atlantic City, and Irving B. Jacoby, the city’s deputy solicitor, on this issue. The city officials appeared before the State Limousine Advisory Board for an in-depth discussion of what they wanted to accomplish in restoring order to ground transportation in Atlantic City.
The LANJ Legislative Committee along with LANJ President Tim Rose and board members reviewed and made specific recommendations on crafting the ordinance. Jeff Shanker, Jim Moseley and Lefkowitz testified before the City Council of Atlantic City and its Licensing Committee several months ago to share insights into state laws and what areas of the ordinance would violate state and federal law if not changed.
The group was to appear twice for the reading of the ordinance and both times it was tabled. LANJ’s interest is making sure that legitimate taxis and limousines are not harmed by the illegal action of operators flaunting state law and common sense, Lefkowitz said.
Sources: Atlantic City Press; LANJ