PRLA, LANJ Ready To Move On Legislative Fronts

Tom Halligan
Posted on December 14, 2016
Photo via Flickr user Brian Turner
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — Ramping up its effort to fight a Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) vehicle assessment that more than doubles the registration fee per vehicle from $404 to $868, members of the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association (PRLA) gathered Dec. 12 to counter the proposal during its bi-monthly meeting.

PRLA President Steve Rhoads (Rhoads Limousine) updated members by telling them the association and its attorney are scheduled to meet with the PPA to negotiate not only the new vehicle assessment, but other burdensome rules and regulations the PRLA would like to see eliminated or, in other instances, streamlined.

After petitioning the federal court to rescind the whopping per vehicle fee increase, the judge ruled in early November he will forgo discovery in the matter—or enforcement of the hike— and instead ordered both the PPA and PRLA to meet first to see if they can iron out their differences and reach an agreement.

Rhoads said the judge's ruling for both sides to negotiate is a testament to taking the concerns of the PRLA seriously, and members contributing to hire an attorney to represent the PRLA is paying off.

Two Bills on LANJ Agenda

Heading into the new year, the Limousine Association of New Jersey (LANJ) is gearing up to weigh in on two proposed state bills, one proposing regulations on TNCs, and the other which would eliminate the state sales tax on private transportation services.

The “TNC Bill” (A-3695/S-2179) does not mandate fingerprint checks, which LANJ proposes, however, the bill includes a provision where the state attorney general can institute fingerprint requirement if he is not satisfied with the TNC proposed background verification system.

The other bill, nicknamed “The Limo Bill” (A-3696/S-2315), proposes to eliminate the sales tax on private transportation service, an issue LANJ has worked on hard to rescind as burdensome to the industry. The bill also will examine current insurance requirements for both limousine companies as well as TNCs. The LANJ position is state operators are adequately insured and TNCs should be held to the same operator requirements.

Related Topics: LANJ, legislation, Limousine Association of New Jersey, limousine regulations, new jersey, New Jersey operators, Pennsylvania operators, philadelphia, Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association, prla, state regulations, Steve Rhoads

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