Florida Limo, Taxi Groups Promote Safety Message At Capitol

Posted on March 25, 2015

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Consumer safety and well-being is at risk from legislation that would exempt new for-hire transportation services from many requirements designed to safeguard passengers throughout Florida, leaders of the state’s limo and taxi industry warned at the Capitol March 25.

The presidents of the Florida Limousine Association and Florida Taxicab Association led scores of their association members on visits to legislators’ offices to discuss proposals affecting Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft. They said the proposals would allow TNCs to continue operating without meeting the same driver screening, vehicle safety and insurance requirements met by the limo and taxi industries – standards designed to protect public safety.

“It’s the government’s duty to protect the public, above all else. Allowing these upstart services to continue operating without properly meeting the same standards doesn’t ensure public safety – quite the opposite,” said Rick Versace, President of the Florida Limousine Association.

Added Lou Minardi, President of the Florida Taxicab Association: “Unregulated for-hire transportation services pose a tremendous risk to consumers by ignoring the safety and financial protections followed by more traditional services. It’s dangerous to ignore the threat to consumers posed by barely regulated service providers.”

The association leaders met with legislators to answer questions and describe the safe, reliable and trusted practices that have defined their industry for decades. “Our top-quality services have stood the test of time, and we have operated safely and effectively for many years,” Versace added.

“Customers trust and respect our companies because we have earned it,” Minardi said. “Our vehicles and drivers are safe and we implement best industry practices.”

Working with their respective members, the nonprofit Florida Limousine Association and Florida Taxicab Association work to educate and support the owners and drivers of more than 3,000 for-hire vehicles in Florida.

Limousines and taxicabs have been an economic engine in Florida for generations and continue to serve the state’s residents and almost 100 million annual visitors. Often family-owned and operated, these companies provide jobs in almost every city across the state. They are united in advocating for the specific needs of the for-hire vehicle industry.

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