PRLA board and guest panel members from the March 13 member meeting (L to R): Jeff Shanker, A1 Limousine, Jim Cohn, editor/publisher, Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine, Anthony Viscusi, Global Limousine Service, Mike Barreto, Flyte Tyme Worldwide, Nancy King, Aramark, Evan O'Donnell, AKA Rittenhouse Square, Jim Salinger, Unique Limousine, Perry Camerlengo, Luxury Limousine, and Mark Kingsdorf from Queen of Hearts Wedding Planning.
CHESTER SPRINGS, Penn. — The PRLA is riding high off a recent victory in an ongoing battle with the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA). The PRLA won a declaratory judgment action on Feb. 14 against the PPA in which the PPA’s fee schedule was ruled unconstitutional. The court also entered an injunction against the PPA to prevent it from enforcing the fee schedule against any of the parties in the suit or other parties that raise objection.
At its general meeting on March 13, the PRLA told members about this outcome and the next steps. The PPA is appealing the ruling, which could take up to two years to resolve. PRLA members will continue to register with the PPA while the association’s attorney thoroughly reviews the matter and makes further recommendations. However, for now, the PPA’s rules are essentially null and void.
“We have overcome a big hurdle with the PPA,” said PRLA president, Jim Salinger, of Unique Limousine in Harrisburg, Pa. Salinger also credited previous PRLA president and current National Limousine Association executive director, Philip Jagiela, for his effort fighting the PPA. Salinger recognized Jagiela’s service during his tenure with the PRLA by presenting him with a plaque at the membership meeting.
The PRLA plans to turn its attention to providing members with valuable services. “The PRLA will focus on industry specific content for our members to enhance the professionalism of our industry in our region,” said PRLA secretary and treasurer, Jeff Shanker, of A1 Limousines.
To this end, the PRLA presented a “Meet the Buyer” Q&A panel session, in which members heard directly from the client what they want and expect from their companies. Candid feedback was heard from a corporate transportation director, a wedding planner, a luxury extended stay housing manager, and an event-planning expert.
More from this panel in next week’s LCT E-News.
The PRLA just launched new website: http://prlainc.com/
PRLA General Meeting Sponsored by Wolfington Body Company
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Twinning Hall Ball Room
Trevose Fire Company
30 Pottstown Pike
Chester Springs, PA 19425
Phone: (610) 458-850
— Denis Wilson, LCT East Coast Editor