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  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    The NLA has begun accepting nominations for the 2019 NLA Board of Directors Election. Serving on the NLA Board is an opportunity for NLA members to help shape the future of the association and the industry. We encourage anyone who is interested to submit your application by the October 30, 2018 deadline.

    The NLA will again use a secure, online platform for the Board Election, and more information about this process will be distributed prior to the election. The following seats are open for the upcoming Board election for the 2019-2022 term: 

    1.   At Large - 1 seat (any state in U.S.)
    2.   US Central Region - 1 seat (AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, TX, WI)
    3.   US Northeast Region - 1 seat (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)
    4.   US West Region - 1 seat (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY)
    5.   Canada - 1 seat
    6.   International - 1 seat (Outside of the US and Canada)

    Make Sure You are Eligible 

    According to NLA bylaws (Article 6, Sections B and C), all prospective directors must meet the following criteria: 

    1.   The individual must be a corporate officer or principal of a Regular Active Member (operator) company that has been a Regular Active Member for at least two consecutive years.
    2.   Any Regular Active Member sharing common ownership with another Regular Active Member can only have one representative on the NLA Board of Directors at one time.
    3.   A member of the NLA Board shall not be a member of another board of directors that is competitive to the NLA or the limousine industry.
    4.   Membership dues must be current for the Regular Active Member.

    Items You Will Need to Submit  

    Below is the list of items that you will need to submit with your application. Be sure to submit all items or your nomination will be incomplete and not considered by the Nominating Committee. 

    1.   A brief biography that describes your background in the limousine industry.
    2.   A paragraph that explains why you want to serve on the NLA Board and what your goals are for the NLA if you are elected.
    3.   A photograph of yourself (in electronic format).
    4.   Proof of legality in the cities/states/airports in which the member operates. (Example: state, city, or airport permit or license)
    5.   Certificate of insurance verifying Regular Active Member compliance with the state/federal requirements.
    6.   Proof of your corporate officer position. (Example: Corporate resolution or articles of incorporation listing officers/shareholders)
    7.  An explanation of anything the Nominating Committee should know about you that might reflect adversely on the NLA.

     Submit Your Board Application

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    Uber's sexual harassment scandal has been looming over the company's metaphorical head for quite some time, making it one of the more high-profile hostile workplace allegations against a tech brand as of late. Now, this particular chapter in the San Francisco-based business's history dated back to 2013 is slated to become an expensive teaching moment as a settlement was submitted to a California federal judge on Monday, according to Bloomberg.

    The filing states that the 56 participants in the lawsuit, both current and former employees of the ridesharing conglomerate, will be receiving a payout of $1.9 million to split among each other, meaning the average award per complainant will be around $33,928.57.

    It's important to note that not all individuals will receive this amount; in fact, some may receive substantially less. Each complaint was reportedly vetted for legitimacy and the award is based on certain corroborating evidence that could be presented in support of the plaintiff. The actual award will depend on certain factors of the harassment, including severity, personal impact of the victim, length of occurrence, evidence to support the claim as well as the job title of the person or people who allegedly committed the harassment.

    Two individuals have opted out of the settlement at the time of writing, reports Bloomberg, however no objections have been placed by the remaining recipients of the settlement. A hearing is scheduled for November 6 to determine if the settlement will be accepted by the court.

    "We agree with the plaintiff's motion which states that 'the class has responded extremely favorably to the settlement' with amounts that are 'fair, reasonable and adequate,’" an Uber spokesperson told The Drive.

    Additionally, Uber will settle its pay discrimination suit alongside the harassment claim, offering nearly 500 female and minority employees their hand at accepting a nearly $11,000 settlement for the company's alleged unfair practice on pay and promotion. Uber has said that it has made various changes since the initial claims, even implementing a new salary and review structure.

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    Ridesharing firm Uber finds itself on the business end of another lawsuit this week, as it's accused of avoiding business expenses amounting to more than $500 million annually by incorrectly classifying its employees as California law mandates.

    According to Bloombergthe class action lawsuit was brought to California federal courts on behalf of a local limousine company, Diva’s Limousine, stating that Uber had unfairly stolen business from traditional taxi companies through deceitful tactics that skirted the law. The complaint alleges that Uber low-balled the wages of taxi drivers to increase their profit margin by misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, which they would qualify under per California law.

    The plaintiff alleges this workaround goes against a ruling issued in a California Supreme Court case earlier this year, Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, and that Uber stands to avoid paying somewhere around $9.07 per hour in expenses and benefits to drivers. This includes the average cost to cover such items as minimum wage, mandated breaks, unemployment compensation, social security, and Medicare.

    This particular battle has been hard-fought amongst Uber employees across the world. Late last year, a tribunal in London classified drivers as employees, a ruling that directly conflicted the feelings of courts in the United States where the contrary is believed to be true. Uber is also in the process of appealing a lawsuit in Brazil with similar findings. In a Philadelphia courtroom earlier this year, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Baylson ruled that the provisions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act prevented UberBlack drivers from being classified as employees. This was the first ruling of its kind, according to Baylson, that classified Uber drivers as non-employees under federal law.

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    Mercedes-Benz unveiled its dream of a fully autonomous multipurpose vehicle this week. The announcement was full of buzzwords—the modular Vision Urbanetic “enables on-demand, sustainable and efficient movement of people and goods” and “reduces traffic flows, relieves inner-city infrastructures and contributes to an improved quality of urban life.”

    Hardly a week goes by without fresh signposts that our self-driving future is just around the corner. Only it’s probably not. It will likely take decades to come to fruition. (Even a car like this Mercedes is more a sketch of what’s to come than an actual blueprint.) And many of the companies that built their paper fortunes on the idea we’d get there soon are already adjusting their strategies to fit this reality.

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  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    An off-duty Uber driver was busted in Conneticut with cocaine, marijuana and a gun after authorities received a tip that he would be in the area delivering drugs.

    Stamford police officers arrested Fernando “Sosa” Rodriguez, 27, of Danbury, on Wednesday night.

    Agents were set up on location and grabbed Rodriguez when he pulled up in a black Jeep SUV, drawing their weapons when he reached into the front of his pants, officials said.

    According to the Greenwich Daily Voice, officers searched Rodriguez and the vehicle and found $758 in cash and two tied plastic baggies with 30 grams of cocaine inside, as well as an additional 120 grams of cocaine.

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    National Limousine Association Refutes Uber and Lyft's Claims Concerning Background Checks

    Organization Renews its Call For Fingerprinting & Drug Screening for Ride-Hail Drivers

    NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Following Uber and Lyft's recent responses to its Public Service Announcement (PSA), "The Signs," the National Limousine Association (NLA) is renewing its call for legislation mandating fingerprint-based background checks and universal drug screening for ride-hailing service drivers.

    In the NLA's PSA, ride-hail apps are linked to instances of sexual assault and passengers are encouraged to think twice before utilizing these services. Uber and Lyft have responded to the PSA, claiming that they perform rigorous background checks on all drivers to ensure the safety of passengers. However, as demonstrated recently in Colorado and Massachusetts, the background checks of these companies are ineffectual, and have missed thousands of drivers with criminal backgrounds and resulted in the dismissal 11% of their workforce in some cases.

    "Uber and Lyft continue to evade the issues and questions concerning their driver screening procedures," said Gary Buffo, President of the National Limousine Association. Continued Buffo, "A truly comprehensive screening process would include a fingerprint based background check solution, with the ability to find crimes many years back and across state lines. Additionally, in-person interviews as well as drug and alcohol screening are noticeably absent from the ride-hail vetting process, at the same time that our nation is suffering through an opioid crisis. It is time that all transportation providers are held to a much higher standard."

    Through its Ride Responsibly initiative, The National Limousine Association has formed multiple partnerships over several years to advocate for stricter driver vetting. The NLA has also tirelessly advocated for the rights of ride-hail drivers, who are currently misclassified as independent contractors rather than as employees.

    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.

    ABOUT RIDE RESPONSIBLY™:

    The Ride Responsibly™ campaign is an unprecedented effort to bridge an industry-wide gap between the rights of passengers and the responsibilities of service providers. The campaign establishes best safety practices for prearranged car services and transportation network companies (TNCs), which include ride-hailing app car services, such as Lyft, Sidecar, Uber and Whisk. This initiative by the National Limousine Association is designed to help address growing public concern and provide a forum for all to voice their views on the ground transportation industry. The program focuses on educating both service providers and the public about regulations, legislation and best practices within the industry. The goal is to empower and inform the public at large, and drivers and operators alike with the necessary tools to Ride Responsibly™.

    For additional information on Ride Responsibly™, please visit www.rideresponsibly.org.

    SOURCE National Limousine Association

  • Monday, January 08, 2018 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    NEW YORK (January 8, 2018) – The National Limousine Association’s Ride Responsibly initiative (www.rideresponsibly.org) and Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) have joined forces to produce a public service campaign, starring actress, activist and sexual violence survivor Pamela Anderson. The PSA draws attention to the vast number of sexual assaults that have occurred in ride-hailing vehicles and questions if these were caused by insufficient background check procedures. This PSA serves as a call-to-action following alarming revelations of sexual harassment and assault that reach far beyond Hollywood and Washington, D.C.

    The video, titled “The Signs”, is Pamela’s second PSA for the Ride Responsibly initiative, and comes on the heels of the #MeToo movement. The PSA is a stark reminder that even getting from point A to B carries risk, particularly if you are not conscientious of the service that you choose.

    “The astounding number of tweets that referenced #MeToo and #uber was absolutely frightening, and disheartening to say the least,” said Gary Buffo, President of the National Limousine Association (NLA). Continued Buffo, “It is time to recognize that these services are simply unsafe, and pose an inherent threat to anyone using them, due to the blatantly insufficient background checks that Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) use. Our partner, PAVE, has been instrumental in our campaign to inform the public about the dangers these services pose. Together, we are actively working to compel safety measures that will prevent these crimes.”

    For more than 20 years, Angela Rose and PAVE have been the only national charitable organization committed to both sexual harassment and assault prevention and recovery. Through its support, social advocacy, training and education programs, PAVE is leading the way and tackling these issues head on in the hopes of minimizing their occurrences and impact.

    Angela Rose, Founder and Director of PAVE, noted, “through our work with survivors, we have always been aware that cases of sexual assault and harassment can occur just about anywhere. Unfortunately, this now includes ride-hail apps such as Uber and Lyft, which is why we have partnered with the National Limousine Association and Pamela Anderson. It is critical that everyone be made aware of the risks associated with ride-hailing apps and PAVE is excited to support this campaign with best practices and tangible safety tips. It’s important to note that no matter how many safety tips you practice, it is never your fault if someone harms you.” Rose continued to say, “While we are so proud of the #MeToo movement and all of the brave men and women that have come forward, we are constantly working to bring an end to these crimes.”

    “When I first embarked on my quest to raise awareness about the safety risks associated with ride-hailing apps, I had no idea of the frequency or disturbing nature of the incidents,” said Pamela Anderson. “The reaction to our first campaign was inspiring, and also disheartening, as many voices came to the surface echoing the sentiment, #MeToo. Action, however, is more effective than a hashtag, and it is critical that we take the next step, demand justice for victims and force ride-hail apps to ensure our safety in their vehicles. Fingerprint-based background checks are a simple step that these transportation providers can take, and it is beyond me why this practice isn’t commonplace in 2018. These apps are optimized for predators and will remain so until common sense safety measures are put in place.”

    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.

    ABOUT RIDE RESPONSIBLY: 
    The Ride Responsibly campaign is an unprecedented effort to bridge an industry-wide gap between the rights of passengers and the responsibilities of service providers. The campaign establishes best safety practices for prearranged car services and ride-hailing app car services such as Lyft and Uber. This initiative by the National Limousine Association is designed to help address growing public concern and provide a forum for all to voice their views on the ground transportation industry. The program focuses on educating both service providers and the public about regulations, legislation and best practices within the industry. The goal is to empower and inform the public at large, and drivers and operators alike with the necessary tools to Ride Responsibly. For additional information on Ride Responsibly, please visit www.rideresponsibly.org.

    ABOUT PAVE 
    PAVE was founded in February 2001 by Angela Rose as a student organization at the University of WI-Madison in response to her own experience of being kidnapped from a shopping mall and sexually assaulted at the age of seventeen. PAVE has since grown to empower students, parents, and civic leaders to end sexual violence with prevention education promoting respect for oneself and each other. PAVE is the only national organization that focuses on prevention, education and recovery as it relates to sexual assault, making it an invaluable resource for the millions of Americans impacted by these kinds of crimes.

    For additional information on PAVE, please visit www.shatteringthesilence.org

    Media Contact: 
    Matthew Berritt
    212-377-3577
    Matthew.Berritt@evins.com 
    Vice President, EVINS Communications

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    Uber Hack Prompts Industry Watchdogs to Call for Pause in Operations

    National Limousine Association Advocates for Congressional Inquiry

    NEW YORK , Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the disclosure that over 57 million Uber driver and rider accounts were hacked, exposing sensitive, personal information, the National Limousine Association (NLA) is calling for Uber to halt its operations and on Congress to formally investigate the incident. While the scope of the breach is still not fully known, the NLA warns the public that this information most likely goes well beyond typical credit card exposure seen in many retail hacks.

    "Uber knows where you live, work, and eat - all in addition to having your credit cards on file," warned Scott Solombrino, Co-Founder of the NLA. Solombrino continued "hackers may have accessed your trip data, learning your habits and selling this information to the highest bidder for reprehensible purposes. We at the NLA call on Uber to suspend operations, allowing Congress to get a grasp on the full scope of this breach and determine any legal wrongdoings for covering up such an extensive violation of privacy. There is no way to ensure that Americans using this service are not continually being exposed and Uber must be held accountable."

    In a year filled with news of catastrophic data breaches, including Equifax among many others, Uber is unique in that it retains location data, in addition to the license numbers and credit cards of its drivers. The NLA stresses that understanding the implications of such a hack requires the intervention of a governing body, that must avow that the service is safe to use before it continues to operate. Additionally, news of Uber's alleged cover up is extremely disturbing, and the pervasive and sustained illegal and unethical practices that are designed to deceive both regulators and the public need to be curbed immediately.

    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.

    ABOUT RIDE RESPONSIBLY:
    The Ride Responsibly campaign is an unprecedented effort to bridge an industry-wide gap between the rights of passengers and the responsibilities of service providers. The campaign establishes best safety practices for prearranged car services and ride-hailing app car services such as Lyft and Uber. This initiative by the National Limousine Association is designed to help address growing public concern and provide a forum for all to voice their views on the ground transportation industry. The program focuses on educating both service providers and the public about regulations, legislation and best practices within the industry. The goal is to empower and inform the public at large, and drivers and operators alike with the necessary tools to Ride Responsibly.

    For additional information on Ride Responsibly™, please visit www.rideresponsibly.org.

    SOURCE National Limousine Association

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    National Limousine Association Urges President Trump to Protect the American Worker

    A Detailed Look into Autonomous Vehicles and Their Impact on Jobs Requested

    NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Limousine Association (http://limo.org) reaches out to President Trump to protect the American worker in regards to Uber's open push for autonomous vehicles. In the open letter below, on behalf of the National Limousine Association, Co-Founder Scott Solombrino responds to Uber's move from its current model of ride-sharing using freelance drivers to owning a fleet of autonomous cars about not being a commercial business until drivers are no longer in the picture. 

    Dear President Trump,

    Over the course of your campaign and in the first year of your presidency, I have been encouraged by your commitment to the prosperity of the American Worker. As you are aware, our country was founded on the principal that hard working Americans have a standard set of protections afforded to them by law, and that all reasonable efforts will be made to keep people employed who have a desire and ability to work. 

    As technology continues to improve by leaps and bounds, individuals have faced increasing threats as jobs become automated. The latest of these threats is coming from autonomous motor vehicles (AVs), and the views and practices put forth by the companies advocating for their development.

    The most recent example of this attitude can be attributed to Uber's Head of Automotive Alliances, Jeff Miller who was recently quoted in The Guardian as saying of ride-hailing companies "It only becomes a commercial business when you can remove that vehicle operator from the equation." Uber is a business that has built its existence on the hard work and labor of its drivers, profited off of the revenue generated by hardworking Americans and now it has publicly stated that its goal is to rid itself of the majority of its workforce.

    While it is true that this technology can be adapted to greatly enhance road safety, it cannot be implemented at the expense of the millions of drivers who depend on this income to survive. This technology also cannot be used in lieu of a human. There are simple decisions that only a human can and should make, ethical split second judgements that have the potential to impact dozens of lives that cannot be left to a computer. No mother, brother, sister or father will ever accept that their loved one perished because a computer made a decision.

    As recently reported by CBS News, "at least 10 million US jobs have a high risk of bowing to automation in the next decade as companies deploy machines that can learn and perform tasks." Specifically, over 1.8M truck drivers' jobs are now on the line. Some estimates peg the number of jobs in the U.S that rely on driving at 20 million, this cannot be ignored.

    Mister President, while it is important that we champion new and advantageous technology that allows our country to remain a model for the rest of the world, it is also important that we require operators to remain part of the equation as the economic and safety implications are tremendous. If this innovation is to move forward, I call on you to make sure the men and women that voted for you are well represented throughout all stages of the process.

    To be put simply, it is your promise and your prerogative to ensure that the American worker is protected and allowed to prosper. Drivers are voters, computers are not. This will be among your most enduring legacies as President, and I urge you to speak out on this issue and come to the aid of hard-working American drivers.

    Scott Solombrino

    President, Dav El Boston Coach

    Co-Founder, National Limousine Association 


    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.

    ABOUT RIDE RESPONSIBLY:

    The Ride Responsibly campaign is an unprecedented effort to bridge an industry-wide gap between the rights of passengers and the responsibilities of service providers. The campaign establishes best safety practices for prearranged car services and ride-hailing app car services such as Lyft and Uber. This initiative by the National Limousine Association is designed to help address growing public concern and provide a forum for all to voice their views on the ground transportation industry. The program focuses on educating both service providers and the public about regulations, legislation and best practices within the industry. The goal is to empower and inform the public at large, and drivers and operators alike with the necessary tools to Ride Responsibly.

    For additional information on Ride Responsibly™, please visit www.rideresponsibly.org.

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:57 PM | Anonymous


    The NLA and LCT Magazine seeks to recognize and honor one state or regional association that has displayed excellence over the past year. This award will be presented to the limousine association that best serves its members and works toward the improvement of the chauffeured ground transportation industry.

    The National Limousine Association and LCT Magazine will present the Association Award of Excellence during the Annual LCT Operator of The Year Awards Gala in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 13. All entries must be submitted no later than Friday, January 12, 2018.

    Eligibility

    All NLA member associations are eligible for nomination. When judging nominees, emphasis will be placed on activities during the last year. Emphasis will not be put on the size of the association, but rather the accomplishments of the association. Associations may self-nominate or be nominated by any NLA member.

    Judging

    Entries will be judged according to the below criteria:

    • Recruitment: Types of programs/activities offered to increase membership.
    • Retention: Types of programs/activities offered to retain current membership.
    • Education/Training/Events: Types of programs offered and frequency.
    • Professionalism: The ways in which the association promotes professional qualities.
    • Advocacy: Efforts made regarding legislation and regulations on behalf of members. 
    • Innovation: The things that sets the association apart and makes the association unique from other associations.

    Entry Instructions

    • All entries shall be submitted using the online application.
    • Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, January 12, 2018.

    Winner to Receive

    • $1,000 donation to a charity of the state or regional association's choosing.
    • Plaque to be presented at the Annual LCT Operator of The Year Awards Gala during the International LCT Show.
    • Articles highlighting winner in NLA publications and LCT Magazine.

    Submit Your Nomination Now!

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