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Pamela Anderson Drives Push To Expose Uber, Lyft Flaws

Martin Romjue
Posted on March 16, 2018
Pamela Anderson on the big screen during a March 12, 2018 press conference during the International LCT Show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (LCT photo)
Pamela Anderson on the big screen during a March 12, 2018 press conference during the International LCT Show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (LCT photo)

[NOTE TO READERS: This is an expanded version of an article that appeared in the March 13 edition of the International LCT Show Daily].

MANDALAY BAY, Las Vegas — Uber and Lyft exploit their drivers while putting the riding public at serious risk, actress and activist Pamela Anderson told the LCT show audience during a packed ballroom press conference March 12.

“It’s a predator’s dream to be an Uber and Lyft driver,” Anderson said during her 13-minute press conference, referring to the non-stop headlines of crimes committed by ridehail drivers.

The 50-year-old TV star of Baywatch fame underscored the message of the National Limousine Association, which hosted the event, that ridehail drivers should be vetted with background checks and drug tests like chauffeurs and taxi drivers. She said even delivery services like Uber EATS involve risks because “they bring strangers to your house.”

Anderson said most ridehail drivers are “hardworking Americans trying to make ends meet,” and that she is working with the NLA to advocate for changes to labor laws so drivers are not misclassified as independent contractors.

Appearing in a long, slender black dress, the youthful actress was joined onstage by NLA board director Scott Solombrino and NLA President Gary Buffo as she took questions from outside media and a few audience members.

Anderson spoke to a packed ballroom with multiple TV camera crews present.
Anderson spoke to a packed ballroom with multiple TV camera crews present.
Anderson, who is also the mother of two young adult sons, a model, and an activist, so far has starred in three NLA Ride Responsibly PSA videos: Terms & Conditions, The Signs, and The Driving Game. All three videos target ridehail passengers with sobering messages about TNC driver crimes and the lack of adequate driver background checks.

“When you’re in the public eye, you have the responsibility to speak out about what you believe in,” she said of her role as a celebrity advocate. “With continued support, I know this is a battle we can win.”  
Information: www.rideresponsibly.org; www.limo.org

Taxes & TNCs Top NLA Legislative Update
Nothing gets the attention of luxury transportation operators more than taxes and transportation network companies(TNCs). NLA lobbyists Louie Perry and Todd Webster of Cornerstone Government Affairs in Washington, D.C. provided the following updates:

TAXES: The recently passed Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 gave a boost to business by lowering the corporate rate from 35% to 21%; eliminating many itemized deductions, such as for entertainment and commuting expenses; increasing the Section 179 deduction to $1 million; a 20% deduction on pass-through business income; and 100% expensing of capital purchases through bonus depreciation.

In a Feb. 14 meeting, President Trump floated the idea of a 25 center per gallon gas tax increase to finance infrastructure spending. Supporters of the idea include: Rep. Bill Shuster, R-PA (Chair, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee); the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the American Trucking Association. Opponents include: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY; House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-CA; Koch Industries; and many conservative advocacy groups.

TNCs: Perry and Webster outlined an array of statistics and trends pointing to more trouble for Uber than ever before:

• Senator John Thune (R‐SD) proposed a five-page amendment to the tax bill that would have created a safe harbor for TNCs to misclassify their workers and settle the regulatory debate for tax purposes. With the help of Senate Democrats and NLA’s advocacy, NLA leaders were able to get this provision removed in the Senate and kill it again in the Senate floor debate. “The amendment would have granted Uber a green light,” Perry said.
 
An MIT study confirmed alarming numbers over what the NLA has been claiming about driver abuse: More than 30% of drivers lose money driving for a TNC; driver turnover is between 50‐96% per year; the mean profit for drivers is only $3.37 per hour or $661 per month; drivers are able to use a federal mileage deduction, making 74% of driver profit untaxed. That means there are several billion dollars in untaxed income from drivers nationwide.

• Uber’s revenue rose by 14% in 2017, but their losses rose by 61% to $4.5 billion. Without a continuous inflow of venture capital, Uber’s model is completely unsustainable and a money loser. Class action suits and regulatory violations continue to rise against the company.

• Uber spent $1.83 million on federal lobbying activity in 2017, a 30% increase compared to 2016. Lyft spent $600,000 last year, a 140% increase over 2016. The TNCs are aggressively lobbying in Texas, California, New York, Illinois, Florida, and Georgia.

• 48 states and Washington, D.C. have passed legislation regarding TNCs.

• The TNCs also have been plagued with lawsuits this quarter, most notably UberBlack drivers in Philadelphia who sued in state court to get paid for wait time, minimum wage, and overtime while they are waiting for rides; a federal judge OK’d a class‐action lawsuit by drivers arguing they are not receiving fair pay after the service’s pay calculations changed recently; and Uber and Waymo settled their high‐profile suit over stolen autonomous vehicle trade secrets.

New NLA Officers & Board Directors
During a Sunday all-day board meeting, NLA board directors elected the following officers for its 2018-19 executive team: Gary Buffo, elected to an unprecedented seventh consecutive one-year term as President; Laura Canady 1st Vice President; Joe Ironi, 2nd Vice President; Robert Alexander, Treasurer; and Scott Solombrino, Secretary.

New incoming board directors for the 2018-21 term are: Brett Barenholtz of Boston Car Service / Above All Transportation; Don Mahnke of ABC Worldwide Transportation in San Mateo, Calif.; and Tracy Raimer of Windy City Limousine & Bus in Chicago.

Board directors who finished their terms and were thanked for their service are: Ron Stein, Exclusive Sedan Service of North Hollywood, Calif.; Steve Qua, Company Car & Limousine, Cleveland, Ohio; and Chris Quinn, Corporate Transportaiton Solutions of Sacramento, Calif.

Related Topics: background checks, driver behavior, ILCT 2018, Lyft, National Limousine Association, Pamela Anderson, passenger safety, Ride Responsibly, TNCs, Uber

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     | about 5 months ago

    LCT! Desperate assholes full of Pamela Anderson's Va-gi-na TNC Risks And Defects! ------------ i am drowning…i am sinking….yeah why won’t someone help me ------------------ Coz you fkd a real stupid cnt you stupid fk fk.

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