fight against illegal TNCs was front and center on the agenda at the June 14 meeting of the New England Livery Association (NELA). Association Executive Director, Rick Szilagyi presented an update on TNC legislation throughout New England to more than 75 members in attendance at the dinner meeting.
NLA Board Member Scott Solombrino updates members on TNC initiatives at the national level.
In addition, NLA Board member Scott Solombrino (Dav El/Boston Coach) updated members on legislative and lobbying initiatives at the federal level, and Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor, presented results from the June Fact Book—LCT’s annual survey of the industry— that included data on the effects of TNCs on the industry.
LCT East Coast Editor Tom Halligan shares survey results from the June Fact Book that includes data on the effects of TNCs on the industry.
Regarding TNCs operating throughout New England, Szilagyi gave a state-by-state status update:
Massachusetts: The NELA is working more closely with the taxi industry, which collectively now includes funding three lobbying firms and two public relations firms, to represent the interests of the private transportation industry at the state level regarding TNC legislation. The state House bill does not include requirements the NELA is pushing—fingerprint background checks, 24/7 commercial insurance and plates designating TNC vehicles—and the Senate bill will be release later this month.
Rhode Island: Last year, two TNCs proposed House and Senate bills were polar opposites in relation to leveling the playing field that both stalled. The NELA’s lobbying firm is working with the governor’s office, key legislators and regulators on a House bill that includes fingerprinting and vehicle plates, but no action is expected this year, while TNCs continue to operate illegally.
Connecticut: A pro-TNC bill died this year and the NELA is continuing to work with state operators to keep up the pressure to fight and ensure any future legislative bills level the playing field.
New Hampshire: Although many large municipalities “stood strong” against TNCs disregarding local regulations, Szilagyi said the TNCs moved the battle to the state level where a pro-TNC bill passed. However, the NELA plans to continue to work to chip away at the bill during the next legislative session.
Vermont and Maine: In Vermont, two TNC bills died this year and in Maine, pro-TNC legislation was passed. The NELA plans to continue its fight in both states to fight the new legislation.