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Life Is Better When You Can Dial N' Drive

DD: Distracted Driving is now the new "Drunk Driving" awareness juggernaut, as it moves to the forefront of issues facing chauffeured transportation with the New York TLC's floater proposal to ban use of cell phones among chauffeurs and cabbies. See some valid arguments below AGAINST such a crippling regulation.

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WHO DRIVES? What Avis NYC Ruling Means For Operators

LINDA JAGIELA: Last week, Commissioner Matthew Daus gave a favorable ruling to the Avis/We DriveU model in New York City. Although the New York/New Jersey Port Authority had already ruled against the Avis model, Commissioner Daus and his legal team found that the Avis model did not violate any city laws.

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NLA Provides Official Labor Guide From Lawyers

OPERATORS & REGULATORS: In one of the most helpful moves made by the NLA in recent history, NLA attorneys spell out everything you need to know about compliance with labor laws specific to the industry, including the hot topic of "employee vs. independent contractor.”

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Position Paper Boosts Association Profile

KENTUCKY LIMOUSINE ASSOCIATION: The KLA has spent the last few months putting together a simple statement about itself, purpose, goals, and positions. POSITION PAPER HERE. Helpful to members and legislators alike, such papers can help any

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Philly Operators Hit The State House

LINDA MOORE: Yesterday, I spent the day walking the hallowed halls of the Pennsylvania state capital in Harrisburg with the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association. I am always jazzed after a day of lobbying and I want to share my thoughts with you about the experience.

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STINK FLAMINGO: Fairness Needed In Florida

REGULATORY SPOTLIGHT: LCT’s Jim Luff posted the first installment this week of an ongoing series of updates on a regulatory conflict in the Tampa Bay area that gets to the nub of what many operators face: Costly and inconsistent regulations, rules, vehicle definitions, and fees by meddlesome municipal bureaucracies that needlessly complicate business for operators.

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Crackdown Smackdown

BUSTING GYPSIES: Recent enforcement efforts against illegal operators in Atlanta have caught up a few legitimate operators in the crackdown.

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LINDA M: Gypsies, Tramps, Thieves & Soccer Moms!?

IN THE SHADOWS: During the past few weeks we have been working on our Big Black Book which is our August issue. I have had the opportunity to discuss with operators what issues are affecting their geographic area. . .

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Profane In The Membrane

LINDA MOORE: As many of you know, I spent a good portion of last week at the NLA Day on the Hill in Washington D.C. I walked across the Capitol many times, going from the House side to the Senate side and back. On one trek across, I saw a young couple taking photos on the Capitol steps. The young man who appeared to be in his 20s wore a T-shirt that said “New F*#$%^G York.”

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Seattle Operator Posts NLA Day Excerpt

DAY ON THE HILL: Eli Darland, owner of Seattle-based Rare Form Limousine, offers THIS EXCERPT on Tuesday's event, the annual industry lobbying effort on Capitol Hill. Darland, whose 4-vehicle company was featured in the October 2008 issue

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Trekking To Capitol Hill

LCT EAST COAST EDITOR Linda Moore has been busy this week attending a quarterly NLA board meeting and annual Capitol Hill lobbying event. Inspired by the experience, here is Linda's first dispatch. More to come on LCT's Driving Force e-newsletter and July print edition.

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California Crumbles

GCLA UPDATE: The richest, most populous state with the most chauffeured activity in the world appears headed into an economic Dark Age. The effects on operators are tragic and unnecessary. GCLA leaders sum up the situation. . .

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Operators Take Struggle To State Capital

PHILLY OPS prove that there are still serious forms of political activism that actually aim to improve the situations of business owners, i.e. limo operators. LCT covers the "March On Harrisburg". . .

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FLA Fireworks: Time For A Fizzle

SMACKDOWN: Former South Florida operator and Florida Limousine Association member Linda Moore takes former colleagues and FLA members to task for the latest intra-association bickering over elections, influence, and agendas. But she reserves her strongest firepower for those operators who whine but never find the time to volunteer or participate.