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NLA Supports Sami's Law

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Below is the letter the NLA sent to Congressman Chris Smith (NJ) and Senator Ben Cardin (MD) in support of Sami's Law that will bring much needed and common-sense regulations and oversight to TNCs.


July 29, 2019


The Honorable Chris Smith          

U.S. House of Representatives

2373 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515


The Honorable Ben Cardin
U.S. Senate

509 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Congressman Smith and Senator Cardin:


I am writing to express my support for Sami’s Law and my gratitude for your leadership on TNC safety issues. As an industry, we hold ourselves to the highest standards and are deeply concerned by unsafe actors in the ground transportation industry.


As you are well aware, the lack of regulation and oversight of TNC safety places our communities at risk. Sami’s Law takes several definitive steps to increase passenger safety and involves State DOTs who have proven oversight capability.  The bill would help prevent future tragedies involving criminals posing as TNC drivers and improve confidence for passengers that they will make it home safely wherever they may be in the country.


In addition to the identification requirements, we applaud your commissioning a GAO study on the prevalence of assault and abuse perpetrated by TNC drivers on passengers.  A study should quantify and shed light on the scope of the problem, which has not been studied closely despite pervasive evidence. We hope this study will be a first step towards implementing stronger background check requirements for TNC drivers. The current lack of any real verification that Uber and Lyft drivers are safe is simply unacceptable.


It is time for Congress to act on TNC safety. NLA fully supports the provisions of Sami’s Law, and urges its swift passage. We look forward to working with you. 





Gary Buffo

President, National Limousine Association

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