Regulations

Imposed Limo Shortage Burdens Super Bowl Transportation

Posted on February 1, 2019
Atlanta could end up with a serious national black eye if the big-spending VIPs and corporate clients using chauffeured transportation can't conveniently get to the Super Bowl due to a state-generated luxury vehicle shortage. (Pixabay.com Creative Commons photo)
Atlanta could end up with a serious national black eye if the big-spending VIPs and corporate clients using chauffeured transportation can't conveniently get to the Super Bowl due to a state-generated luxury vehicle shortage. (Pixabay.com Creative Commons photo)

[UPDATE: Governor Refuses To Relieve Situation]

ATLANTA — Limousine companies are blaming the state of Georgia for leaving them 300 to 400 vehicles short of what's needed to transport NFL owners, corporate clients and VIPs this Super Bowl weekend.

Amy Patterson, vice president of operations and logistics with Atlanta's Super Bowl Host Committee, said in a letter to Georgia's public safety commissioner that she fears this will become a "viral news story" and "a black eye for the state."

"We are begging Gov. Kemp to step in and protect the people of Atlanta, the people of Georgia, the people coming in from out of town to allow us to safely handle their transportation," said Jeff Greene, president of the Greater Atlanta Limousine Association. Greene calls the situation "extremely, extremely urgent."

So far, the state's Department of Public Safety Commissioner, Col. Mark McDonough, has refused to bend.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution article here

Related Topics: affiliate networks, Atlanta operators, Georgia operators, Greater Atlanta Limousine Association, Jeff Greene, regulatory enforcement, special events, Super Bowl, VIP service

Comments ( 3 )
  • Jeff

     | about 12 days ago

    Shortage? When the Motor Carrier Compliance Division posted a 4 or 5 page document showing available operators right here in our own state that argument died a quick death. Sadly many operators were still left with no work since it doesn't look good to help your local competition with work. I also wonder how closely the GA. Department of Revenue will be looking at reported revenue for the month of February since these local operators will be on the hook for sales taxes on any revenue generated from out of state operators. Yes I did say out of state operators, since they were still here. BTW I and many others called each of these companies within 24 hours of the story breaking and they all said they had it under control.

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