The annual Limousine Association of New Jersey fundraiser has long served as a role model for industry togetherness.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Taxi-like services that use smartphone apps to connect passengers and drivers will be legal under bills signed Tuesday by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Uber and Lyft, already operating in Virginia, will be required to be licensed and to screen drivers, including conducting background checks. Drivers will be insured, and the companies will pay fees to the state to cover the costs of regulation.
Paul Walsh, owner of Superior Executive Transportation in Virginia Beach and president of the Virginia Limousine Association, said the law will hurt taxi companies. "I'm disappointed. I think that for small companies in Virginia that operate traditional livery companies it's going to be very hurtful," he said. "We were a pretty small voice compared to the hired guns of Uber and Lyft."
Walsh responded further on the legislation to LCT Magazine on Feb. 18: “The passing of the TNC legislation in Virginia illustrates the difficulty in working with legislators when big business is heavily involved either directly or through heavy handed lobbyist as employed by the TNCs. Two of the points we asked for after it was obvious that the legislation was going to be pushed through was to be grandfathered to avoid the $70,000 to $100,000 fee for registering as a TNC for new businesses wanting to join the TNC world. Also, we had asked the legislators to grant us the same standards as far as part-time insurance and not having to pay business personal property taxes on our vehicles. Both requests were not even considered.”
Operator and former UMA chairman Dale Krapf promotes motorcoaches to a Congressional subcommittee.
The PSA done with the National Limousine Association is the fourth one from the actress-activist spotlighting ridehail faults.
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The crime and safety problem conflicts with the TNC's brand messaging to provide a "safe ride home."
The Greater California Livery Association has worked for years educating state officials on the problems with the TNC.
A regulatory decision April 26 deems the TNC a charter-party carrier, subject to stronger safety, insurance, and licensing.
The industry was mostly prepared by the April 1 deadline for enforcement of the federal electronic logging device mandate.
Wendy Kleefisch and Lenin Fraga of the CFLA will help get people to the LCT event after their poker tournament.
Ground transportation services lose a round in court and abandon their case to be exempt from the rules and costs.
The driver browsed videos on his smartphone while headling down a New York highway with 52 passengers.
The companies argue it could cost $1 billion to comply, and the percent required is arbitrary and doesn't reflect the demand of riders.
The NLA responds to the first judicial decision on the classification of drivers under federal law.
Uber has been dogged by reports of drivers accosting passengers, including lawsuits alleging sexual assaults.
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