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NATIONAL GROUND TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY COALITION REQUESTS $12 BILLION IN FEDERAL AID

Monday, March 23, 2020   (0 Comments)
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 NATIONAL GROUND TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY COALITION REQUESTS $12 BILLION IN FEDERAL AID

At The Height Of A Catastrophic Drop In Business And Sweeping Layoffs, The National Ground Transportation Industry Calls For Financial Relief

 

March 23, 2020 (New York, NY) The National Limousine Association (NLA), the principal trade group promoting and protecting the interests of chauffeured transportation industry, today announced its recent collaboration with The American Bus Association, The American Ground Transportation Association, The Global Business Travel Association, The Near Airport Parking Industry Trade Association, The Transportation Alliance and The United Motorcoach Association. These seven associations joined forces to sign an industry letter requesting $12 billion to support the national infrastructure that is so crucial to everyday lives.

 

The letter was signed and sent late last week to the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and laid out an eight-point plan to save companies who operate a variety of transportation, including taxis, liveries, rideshare, buses, shuttles, paratransit and non-emergency medical trips. The eight points are:

 

  1. Deem the industry a national “essential service.”
  2. Provide $12 billion in immediate cash grants to fleet operators to provide industry relief.
  3. Ensure guaranteed vehicle loan deferment/forbearance for at least 120 days.
  4. Declare the industry is eligible for zero-interest SBA loans and ensure such loans are made available within two weeks of application, with no payments due for six months.
  5. Mandate that all government accounts with transportation companies be paid within five days of billing.
  6. Require insurance companies to suspend auto liability premiums on passenger transportation vehicles pulled out of service, without requiring transportation companies turn in their license plates.
  7. Allow operators to postpone real estate tax payments as well as vehicle fuel and utilities payments such as phone, electricity and internet services, without penalty or disconnection.
  8. Open a pipeline to cleaning products to ensure vehicles are regularly sanitized, and to help our industry promote the safety of our services.

 

“Ground transportation stands, on a global scale, among the most necessary services, on par with more visible industries also struggling in the current global landscape, such as airlines and hotels,” said Robert Alexander, President of the National Limousine Association. “We will do everything in our power to sustain our industry so that, as a nation, we can continue to move forward during this pandemic, as well as when COVID-19 decelerates. However, we cannot do this without immediate aid from our Congressional leaders.”

 

The national ground transportation industry is responsible for three billion passengers a year and hundreds of thousands of drivers associate with the group’s member companies for their employment. The newly formed coalition recognizes this and will put forth all the effort and focus necessary to ensure the health and survival of these businesses.

 

ABOUT THE NLA:

The National Limousine Association is a non-profit organization responsible for and dedicated to representing the interests of the private driver transportation industry at the global, national, state, and local level. It is the unified voice of this industry – linking transportation industry professionals from owners and operators to suppliers, manufacturers, regional and state limousine associations. With more than 2,000 NLA members, the Association is committed to exceeding expectations with regards to professionalism, transportation efficiency and safe riding.

 

For additional information on the NLA, please visit www.limo.org.

 

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Matthew Berritt

nla@evins.com

212.688.8200


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