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Former NYTLC Commissioner and transportation attorney Matt Daus will chair the newly formed Coalition of Transportation Associations, based in New York.
NEW YORK — Limousine operators in the New York and New Jersey region got a boost of political and lobbying clout this week with the formation of the Coalition of Transportation Associations (COTA).
The umbrella organization will include representatives from five major limousine industry associations that have been fighting many of the same regulatory battles on behalf of chauffeured transportation operators:
Luxury Base Operators Association (LBOA)
Limousine Association of New Jersey (LANJ)
Black Car Assistance Corporation (BCAC)
Limousine Association of New York (LANY)
The Long Island Limousine Association (LILA)
The announcement was the top newsworthy development to come out of the annual Limo Digest Show in Atlantic City, N.J. this week, where industry associations routinely piggy-back their meetings on the conference agenda to maximize attendance.
COTA’s mission is universal to its member associations:
• Advance, support and preserve the integrity and economic viability of the for-hire ground transportation industry;
• Promote environmental sustainability;
• Foster job growth and inter-modal transportation solutions;
• Support reasonable government regulation; and
• Enhance customer service and explore viable advances in technology to assist businesses, passengers and the industry.
COTA will be chaired by Windels Marx partner, Matthew W. Daus, Esq., who leads the firm’s Transportation practice and has a long legacy of service to the transportation industry, including 10 years as Commissioner of the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission.
In addition, COTA will meet periodically, and as needed, to respond to important industry issues, pursue a regulatory agenda, further matters of common interest, and participate in joint forums and other events.
“COTA is a result of growing cooperation within the industry on issues that affect all of our member associations,” Daus said in a statement. “We believe that there is strength in numbers and indispensable advantages to communicate regularly, share [more information] and raise our collective profile through participation in various forums and events.” Daus will provide pro bono legal and consulting services to COTA, and he also serves as general counsel to LBOA and LANJ.