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Philly Operators Walk & Talk For Fair Limo Rules

LCT Staff
Posted on May 26, 2010

The Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association gets good results from its annual “Walk on Harrisburg” lobbying trip to the state capital.

HARRISBURG, Penn. — The one approach better than a phone call, an e-mail, or a letter, is the face to face encounter — especially with politicians who can make or break your industry.

Philadelphia operators took that approach again Tuesday when members of the PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL LIMOUSINE ASSOCIATION converged on Harrisburg this week trying to convince the legislature to keep their bills moving and get them out of committee. Members met with state representatives on the House Consumer Affairs Committee to request hearings on one important bill.

“We are excited as we were able to get a commitment from the chairman, Joe Preston (D), that we will have hearings over the summer,” PRLA President Philip Jagiela said. “The movement that we have had on our bill in the past few months has been phenomenal as we have done this all on our own truly through a grassroots effort of our members.”

The bill HB2434 and the Senate companion Bill, SB759, will remove the Philadelphia Parking Authority as the rule making entity for the industry and return that function to the Public Utilities Commission.

“The Parking Authority will still be able to enforce those rules but the rules themselves would be developed as all other rules in Pennsylvania, with public hearings and a review of an independent regulatory review commission (IRRC),” Jagiela said.

The regulations that the PPA now enforces have been deemed illegal by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The PPA has appealed the ruling.

The PRLA will continue to lobby their legislators in home district offices and in Harrisburg through June. “We are making a major push to get this going,” said Tony Viscusci, vice president of the PRLA. “We do not want to see it die in committee. The only way this can happen is all members, non members, vendors and their employees throughout the state get involved. This issue affects anyone who does business in Philadelphia or at the Philadelphia International Airport.”

Any operator who would like to get more involved in this effort should contact the PRLA by emailing [email protected]

PHILADELPHIA REGIONAL LIMOUSINE ASSOCIATION

— Linda Jagiela, industry writer

Disclosure: Linda Jagiela is the wife of PRLA President Philip Jagiela.

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