LANJ President Jeff Shanker has been working on legislative efforts to get TNCs more fairly regulated in the state of New Jersey.
TRENTON, N.J. — Continuing its effort to pressure state lawmakers to regulate TNCs, Jeff Shanker (A-1 Limousine, Princeton) and president, Limousine Association of New Jersey (LANJ), testified Feb. 9 before the New Jersey Senate Transportation Committee hearing over a proposed bill that would regulate TNCs the same as traditional chauffeured transportation companies.
The hearing received widespread media coverage, and Shanker, who testified first, was interviewed by Philadelphia and New Jersey news outlets, including NJTV News (1 min., 31 sec. into video), supporting the association’s stance that TNCs only run commercially licensed vehicles, have commercial liability insurance, and be bound by state fingerprint background checks and annual vehicle safety inspections. He also brought the Transportation Committee members’ attention to the implications of TNCs’ use of independent contractors and their uncollected employment and business taxes including sales tax on service.
Shanker told the committee that TNCs “think they are something new, and something that should be unregulated. They are not. They are a taxi or limousine.” The committee voted no to move the bill out and will continue discussion. LANJ and its lobbying firm, the Kaufman Zita Group, will craft a position statement on TNCs and the chauffeured transportation industry and step up LANJ’s one-on-one education blitz with state lawmakers.
“The good news is that our lobbyist did a great job getting the word out to legislators,” Shanker said.