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Some Straight Talk From Matt Daus

Martin Romjue
Posted on March 23, 2020
Industry regulatory expert Matt Daus at the 2016 International LCT Show. (LCT file photo)

Industry regulatory expert Matt Daus at the 2016 International LCT Show. (LCT file photo)

During a two-plus hour seminar on March 20 about how the COVID-19 pandemic is decimating the U.S. ground transportation sectors, regulatory expert Matt Daus closed out with a hopeful long-term outlook as operators grapple with serious short-term disruptions and losses.

Daus is partner and chairman of the New York-based Windels Marx Transportation Practice Group, president of the International Association of Transportation Regulators, the transportation technology chairman of the University Transportation Research Center, and former chairman of the New York Taxi & Limousine Commission.

The session, titled "Free Emergency Webinar: COVID-19 Transportation Industry Risk Mitigation & Resiliency," featured Daus and several legal experts discussing all aspects of how operators should be responding to the effects of mothballed ground transportation.

In closing, Daus had this relevant message for all ground transportation sectors that are suffering:

"I am confdient the industry will recover, but it won't be the same. This is the biggest crisis since the Great Depression and World War II. This is not like a hurricane or transit strike.

As we get through this locking down and sheltering, people will need to get around. The government will allow transportation service. When people do start returning to work, they will likely choose transportation that provides distancing and is cleaner. It will come back in reverse.

The government as part of its relief work should honor its contracts and not let them go to the wind. That's better than issuing checks.

[Meanwhile, food and package deliveries demand more ground transportation, and people are still using scooters and bikes].

The old British saying of "Keep Calm and Carry On" is the best advice. Everyone is looking at an income stop. Just be reasonable with people. Don't go chasing bills. People will remember that after the crisis is over. Don't be a jerk. Don't do anything rash. It will come back."

Related Topics: coronavirus, covid-19, crisis management, disasters, emergency planning, emergency preparedness, industry leaders, Matt Daus, regulatory enforcement

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Jonna Sabroff

     | about 4 months ago

    Great advice from Matt Daus

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