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Florida Limo, Taxi Groups Promote Safety Message At Capitol

Posted on March 25, 2015
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Consumer safety and well-being is at risk from legislation that would exempt new for-hire transportation services from many requirements designed to safeguard passengers throughout Florida, leaders of the state’s limo and taxi industry warned at the Capitol March 25.


The presidents of the Florida Limousine Association and Florida Taxicab Association led scores of their association members on visits to legislators’ offices to discuss proposals affecting Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft. They said the proposals would allow TNCs to continue operating without meeting the same driver screening, vehicle safety and insurance requirements met by the limo and taxi industries – standards designed to protect public safety.

“It’s the government’s duty to protect the public, above all else. Allowing these upstart services to continue operating without properly meeting the same standards doesn’t ensure public safety – quite the opposite,” said Rick Versace, President of the Florida Limousine Association.

Added Lou Minardi, President of the Florida Taxicab Association: “Unregulated for-hire transportation services pose a tremendous risk to consumers by ignoring the safety and financial protections followed by more traditional services. It’s dangerous to ignore the threat to consumers posed by barely regulated service providers.”

The association leaders met with legislators to answer questions and describe the safe, reliable and trusted practices that have defined their industry for decades. “Our top-quality services have stood the test of time, and we have operated safely and effectively for many years,” Versace added.

“Customers trust and respect our companies because we have earned it,” Minardi said. “Our vehicles and drivers are safe and we implement best industry practices.”

Working with their respective members, the nonprofit Florida Limousine Association and Florida Taxicab Association work to educate and support the owners and drivers of more than 3,000 for-hire vehicles in Florida.

Limousines and taxicabs have been an economic engine in Florida for generations and continue to serve the state’s residents and almost 100 million annual visitors. Often family-owned and operated, these companies provide jobs in almost every city across the state. They are united in advocating for the specific needs of the for-hire vehicle industry.

See Florida Limo-Taxi Groups Talking Points Next Page

Talking Points – Ground Transportation Day

The following informational points were used by representatives of the FLA and FTA in their discussions with state legislators on March 25.

Role of the Associations

  • The Florida Limousine Association (FLA) and Florida Taxicab Association (FTA) are nonprofit organizations that provide educational and other support to members of Florida’s for-hire vehicle industry.
  • FLA and FTA help operators obtain all relevant information regarding best practices, new technology, regulatory issues and how to operate safely and profitably.
  • These associations represent about 10,000 ground transportation professionals from across the state, producing a significant positive impact for Florida’s overall economy.
  • Our overarching mission is to share best industry practices and advocate on behalf of improved laws and public safety regulations in our state.

Professionalism of  Members

  • Our two organizations are teaming up today to show our united position regarding legislation that will greatly affect the ground transportation industry in Florida.
  • High-quality, properly regulated limousine and taxicab services have been part of the Florida landscape for decades. Quite simply, our customer-service practices have proven to work and have stood the test of time.

Benefits of Appropriate Regulation

  • It’s the government’s duty to protect the public, above all else. Allowing upstart providers to continue operating without properly meeting the same standards doesn’t ensure public safety – quite the opposite.
  • Unregulated for-hire transportation services pose a tremendous risk to consumers by ignoring the safety and financial protections followed by more traditional services. It’s dangerous to ignore the threat to consumers posed by barely regulated service providers.
  • Our popularity, and the respect we have earned, is a direct result of our safe, professional drivers, who undergo thorough background checks. Our passengers know they can trust each driver to get them to their destination worry-free.
  • Consumers also recognize that our companies are reliable. Our vehicles go through top-of-the-line inspections that guarantee they are secure and able to stay on the road without breaking down.
  • Those assurances are backed up by first-rate 24/7 commercial auto insurance coverage, providing our passengers with higher level of peace of mind, as opposed to”app on” only insurance provided by a patchwork of non-qualified insurance companies.
  • Our customers also know that our prices are something they can depend on. They know the fare they are going to pay ahead of time, without the shock of some sort of “price surge” during peak hours or times of distress. The way we price our services is fair to both driver and rider.
  • Our vehicles accommodate all types of passengers, including those with various disabilities.  
  • When you think of limos and taxis, you think of convenience, service, reliability and tradition. We’ve been here for years and will continue to serve residents and visitors with merit and virtue for years to come.

Source: FLA/FTA press releases

Related Topics: driver behavior, driver safety, Florida Limousine Association, Florida operators, industry politics, limo associations, lobbying, Lyft, passenger safety, Rick Versace, state regulations, taxis, TNCs, Uber

Comments ( 1 )
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     | about 3 years ago

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