The national trade group stands ready to lead and to act once the facts surrounding the stretch limo fire are established.
May 10, 2013
MARTLON, N.J. -- In response to the rare and tragic limousine accident in San Francisco, the National Limousine Association plans to work closely with engineering teams from automotive manufactures, with key insurance underwriters, and as a first-step measure, with the investigative team handling the accident.
We appreciate that the press and our members are seeking answers from us and are making worthwhile suggestions. We will provide accurate information and direction once we have all the facts and data to do so intelligently.
Based on statistics and history, chauffeured transportation service is very safe and accidents of this nature are extremely unusual. We assure you this is a high priority matter and warrants taking the time to examine it closely. The NLA has worked hard and devoted many hours responding to media requests. We reiterate to all interested parties not to speculate or theorize on this accident until investigators reach definitive conclusions.
As an industry, we promote safety as top priority. We have proven our safety track record by consistently adhering to all local, regional, state and federal regulations. Many of our industry associations consult with regulators on mutually agreeable outcomes while limousine operators often take the initiative to go above and beyond requirements.
The limousine industry abides by a quality-driven, customer service-oriented and self-policing business model that successfully applies all legal rules and regulations to protect our clients. We can say with confidence that this tragic accident was an anomaly for our industry. Once a cause is determined, we will work with all entities mentioned above to chart a constructive approach and course of action for our members.
Philip S. Jagiela, Executive Director
National Limousine Association