Industry leader Scott Solombrino calls the measure ‘crazy’ and a ‘crisis’ for luxury transportation operators.
The TNC bill contains regulatory rules and criminal background checks — but excludes mandatory driver fingerprinting, which LANJ and taxi associations had lobbied hard to include.
Although pleased with the bill that finally regulates TNCs operating illegally in the Garden State, LANJ President Jason Sharenow (Broadway Elite) said, “Fingerprinting is the gold standard that’s used in New York City, why should New Jersey be exposed to anything less than that?”
He added LANJ has been “aggressive in keeping the pressure up and fingerprinting does have bipartisan support in the senate and assembly."
“The important piece to still be decided is the Attorney General now has 100 days to accept or reject the manner in which background checks will be completed. The (LANJ) legislative committee, in concert with our lobbying firm, is getting to work on a strategy to attack that topic to make sure our voice is heard,” said Sharenow in an email message to members alerting them to the bill’s passage.
Limo Tax Killed
The governor also signed legislation that repeals 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 and deemed burdensome by the state legislature.
“The elimination of the sales tax is a tremendous win for us as it goes a long way towards parity with taxis as well as the TNC's,” said Sharenow in the email message.
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A study found women and less experienced drivers were more likely to use cellphones and drive at the same time.
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Passengers and tour guides were cited for public consumption, cannabis possession, clean air violations, and unlawful acts.
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The annual Limousine Association of New Jersey fundraiser has long served as a role model for industry togetherness.
Operator and former UMA chairman Dale Krapf promotes motorcoaches to a Congressional subcommittee.
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