While efforts were cut short, the enforcement actions provided valuable insights to everyone involved.
LANJ President Jason Sharenow (Broadway Limousine) and Pete Corelli, (Lakeview Custom Coach), both members of the LANJ legislative committee, explained two transportation bills sitting on the Governor’s desk and another fight brewing with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
“Fingerprinting is the gold standard that’s used in New York City, why should New Jersey be exposed to anything less than that?” Sharenow asked.
Although LANJ is pleased TNCs will finally have to obey stricter regulations, Sharenow said the group has been “aggressive in keeping the pressure up and fingerprinting does have bipartisan support in the Senate and Assembly.” He hopes the state attorney general will acknowledge fingerprinting is the true gold standard for legitimate background checks and not relent to the TNCs' claim of bias and discrimination.
Another bill waiting to be signed into law is a repeal of the 7% state sales and use tax on limousine company services. The sales tax — which taxis and TNCs do not have to pay — was cited as unfair by LANJ, supported by the state legislature as burdensome, and is expected to be repealed by the governor.
Regarding another looming battle, Corelli told members the word is out that the port authority is kicking around a proposal to implement a pick-up fee at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Corelli said the legislative committee, which includes Jon Epstein of Royal Coachman, is monitoring any potential fee for the industry. He reiterated: If not for the financial support of LANJ members, the two bills sitting on the governor’s desk would not have come about.
“We didn’t just tag along on these bills; we created these bills working with the taxi association and lobbying the legislature, and that's because members supported the PAC and we need you to continue supporting our legislative efforts,” he added.
In the next phase of the case, the TNC will try to convince a judge AB5 violates guarantees of equal protection under the federal and state constitutions.
While state laws have turned favorable to luxury ground transportation operations, business owners must stay on top of the ones that apply to everyone.
The changes come after 20 people were killed in the October 2018 crash, including 18 people inside the limousine and two pedestrians.
The changes come in response to AB5, which makes it more difficult for employers to classify workers as independent contractors.
Fresh off California’s AB5 passage, the trade group now goes deeper into what the new rules mean for ground transportation operations.
The ride-hailing structure depends on the gig economy, where workers are hired as subcontractors rather than employees with full-time benefits.
New York law does not now require stretches to have seat belts in the back seat.
The TNC is attempting to push back against a California law aimed at turning independent contractors into employees.
The Greater California Livery Association’s annual holiday event took on a more festive tone as the industry stands to benefit from measures that will ease business operations.
Be careful how your company presents and implements a “Zero Tolerance” policy.
The company and its rivals disrupted ground transport, riding on a lack of regulation. Now, regulators are closing in.
The state association with the heft of a national one will host operators from around California and the nation on Dec. 3.
The Department of Labor reportedly has been trying to get unpaid employment taxes from the TNC going back as far as 2015.
Despite severe damage, rear portions of the passenger compartment remained relatively intact, maintaining space for occupants to survive.
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