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Education Moves To The Fore Of TNC Fight

Tom Halligan
Posted on October 8, 2014
Dawson Rutter urges NELA members to educate the public and politicians on the industry’s opposition to TNC practices.
Dawson Rutter urges NELA members to educate the public and politicians on the industry’s opposition to TNC practices.

Dawson Rutter urges NELA members to educate the public and politicians on the industry’s opposition to TNC practices.

A GOLA-sponsored message alerting the public about TNCs appears on 28 electronic billboards around Orlando.
A GOLA-sponsored message alerting the public about TNCs appears on 28 electronic billboards around Orlando.
Dawson Rutter urges NELA members to educate the public and politicians on the industry’s opposition to TNC practices.
Dawson Rutter urges NELA members to educate the public and politicians on the industry’s opposition to TNC practices.
LANJ First Vice President and Legislative Committee Chairman Jeff Shanker (R) speaks to LANJ members.
LANJ First Vice President and Legislative Committee Chairman Jeff Shanker (R) speaks to LANJ members.

New Jersey
Limousine Associations of New Jersey (LANJ) First Vice President and Legislative Committee Chair Jeff Shanker and lobbyist Barry Lefkowitz have met with a half-dozen New Jersey legislators and policy makers, successfully garnering their support for LANJ-endorsed Bill 3401 that, if passed by the Assembly, would ensure even regulations for all passenger transportation companies in the state.

Also, the LANJ Legislative Committee is interviewing several public relations firms about the feasibility of creating a statewide public safety campaign to counter TNC illegal activity.

Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, Jim Salinger, president of the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association, and Philip Jagiela, NLA executive director, presented testimony at a hearing Aug. 28 on TNCs before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), held in Harrisburg, Pa., the state capital.

The hearing enabled the PUC to gain input to help it determine whether it should update transportation regulations related to TNCs that have emerged statewide. According to an article on the web site “Law 360,” PUC Chairman Robert Powelson told transportation industry represenatives, “The sea change is coming to the marketplace. It’s here. It’s disruptive. But we’re dealing with making sure that they play by these set of rules that allow them to invest like you are invested.

“I thought the commissioners were interested in our testimony (statements were submitted on various TNC issues before the hearing) and I am hopeful it will open their eyes to the issue. I think it was a good beginning,” Salinger said.

Added Jagiela, “We know that not only did we help with educating the commissioners and the audience, but enlightened them with what needs to be considered before granting any changes. We also indicated our NLA position paper is not only the perfect framework for their agency to use as a reference when considering the granting of operating authority, but for them to share it with other governmental agencies that need to be involved in the process of proper licensing for TNCs.”

Tom Halligan is LCT East Coast editor, based in Marlton, N.J. He travels regularly to industry association meetings in the eastern U.S. Tom can be reached at [email protected]

Related Topics: Barry Lefkowitz, Cliff Wright, Dave Shaw, Florida operators, Greater Orlando Limousine Association, Jeff Shanker, LANJ, limo associations, Limousine Association of New Jersey, National Limousine Association, New England Livery Association, New England operators, New Jersey operators, Philip Jagiela, Rick Versace, TNCs, Tom Halligan, West Florida Livery Association

Comments ( 1 )
  • Auntie Ubwe Juan

     | about 4 years ago

    all the tnc's have ever had to do from the beginning was #playbytherules right?

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