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  • Thursday, June 01, 2017 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    NEW YORK, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Limousine Association's Ride Responsibly™ initiative (www.rideresponsibly.org) and Jobs With Justice (www.jwj.org) have joined forces in the fight for workers' rights.  This partnership's efforts will specifically focus on the lapses in legal protections that have proliferated as the nation's ground transportation industry evolves. Both organizations share the belief that men and women are entitled to a voice in their workplaces and the economy and their well-being is intrinsically connected to the country's economic well-being. However, within today's ground transportation industry, as the profit model has changed and new technology has come into play, working people have become an ancillary concern.

    "In a society that increasingly values convenience over safety and responsibility, it is the obligation of the NLA to raise awareness about how ride-hailing services, for financial gain, are circumventing fair labor laws and are not adhering to the same safety standards and regulations that are often applicable to taxis and limousines," said Gary Buffo, President of the NLA. "Our partnership with Jobs With Justice is a vital step towards bringing these urgent matters to the forefront of conversation here in the United States. Ride-hailing services are misleading passengers, exploiting drivers and putting our economy at risk."

    "Americans are united in the desire to work hard for our families and our futures," said Jobs With Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta. "Unfortunately many ride-hailing services rig the rules to prevent working people from leading a good life. When ride-hailing firms misclassify employees as independent contractors they avoid taking responsibility for the safety and security of the people who make their businesses run. Our partnership with the National Limousine Association's Ride Responsibly™ initiative will help shed light on how transportation networking companies undermine drivers, consumers, and our communities."

    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.

    ABOUT JOBS WITH JUSTICE:

    Jobs With Justice, renowned for leading the fight for workers' rights and an economy that benefits everyone, believes that all men and women should have a voice, employment security and a decent standard of living. With our network of 39 local coalitions across the country, we're building a movement to ensure more of us can earn a fair return on our work.

    For additional information, please visit www.jwj.org.

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:52 AM | Anonymous

    The NLA is pleased to announce that we have launched a new education and networking opportunity for our members - Virtual Roundtables. This is the latest member benefit that brings maximum value to all NLA members.

    What is a Virtual Roundtable?
    NLA Virtual Roundtables provide a platform for discussion with like-minded business leaders surrounding pain points, challenges, and opportunities being faced today - all from the comfort of your own home or office. These live networking and idea-sharing events are moderated by industry experts who are there to guide the discussion and provide attendees with their own experiences and knowledge.

    The first Virtual Roundtable will be held on Thursday, June 8th. Click on the link below to learn more about this exciting new offering and to register.

    More information and registration details.


  • Monday, March 20, 2017 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    The NLA is excited to announce the 2017 NLA Day on the Hill registration is now open.

    This year's Day on the Hill will be June 13-14th in Washington, D.C.

    Click for more information and to register.

  • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 2:11 PM | Anonymous

    NEW YORK, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey conducted online by Harris Poll and commissioned by the National Limousine Association (limo.org) in March 2017 among 2,186 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, reveals 92% of consumers believe that ride-hailing service drivers should be subject to the same level of background checks as taxi and limo drivers before being allowed to drive passengers. According to the survey, 79% of Americans believe ride hailing service companies should have to operate under the same guidelines as taxis and limo companies. A majority of Americans, 71%, believe car service drivers should be limited in the number of hours they can drive per week, and 69% of Americans believe ride hailing service drivers should be entitled to benefits from their company.

    "While the nation's economic health has improved greatly since the recession, a full recovery will not be possible until we take the proper steps to protect the rights of the American worker. As this survey clearly illustrates, the vast majority of consumers believe that ride-hailing service drivers are indeed employees, and are entitled to the benefits required by federal labor laws," said Scott Solombrino, NLA co-founder.

    Reflecting the views of many Americans, The National Limousine Association's non-profit Ride Responsibly™ campaign has called for increased safety regulations specifically pertaining to ride-hailing drivers. Additionally, Ride Responsibly has long called for fair labor standards for all ground transportation drivers, advocating for their proper classification as employees and not independent contractors.

    "The NLA welcomes all innovation in the ground transportation field, technologies being used by the TNCs have revolutionized our industry. As the results of this survey demonstrate, Americans agree that technology is not an excuse to ignore rules and regulations that are in place to protect the best interests of our country," said Gary Buffo, President of the NLA. Mr. Buffo continued "It has become increasingly clear that TNCs' businesses models are based on circumvention, utilizing technology as an excuse for breaking the law."

    Methodology:
    This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of NLA from February 27-March 1, 2017 among 2,186 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact NLA@evins.com.

    ABOUT THE NLA:
    The National Limousine Association is the worldwide voice of the chauffeured transportation industry, comprised of more than 2000 members, including industry professionals, owners and operators, as well as regional and state limousine associations, that encompass nearly fifty thousand vehicles.  Formed in 1985, the NLA is a non-profit organization responsible for and dedicated to representing the interests of the chauffeured ground transportation industry at the global, national, state, and local level.  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 will establish 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 will focus 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, December 22, 2016 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    The NLA will be hosting a fundraiser benefiting the Harold Berkman Memorial Fund, the NLA's philanthropic arm.

    The fundraiser, previously known as the Annual Wine Tasting, will be hosted at Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM.

    Additional details and registration: www.limo.org/charity-fundraiser

  • Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:08 PM | Anonymous

    The NLA is now accepting 2017 Sponsors!

    There are opportunities for every size company and budget.

    Click on the link below for more information and to download the brochure.

    www.limo.org/sponsorship


  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:34 PM | Anonymous
    The National Limousine Association and LCT Magazine seek 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 14. All entries must be submitted no later than Friday, January 20, 2017.

    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 20, 2017.

    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 Nomination Now! 

  • Wednesday, November 02, 2016 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    PR Newswire, NEW YORK ( November 2, 2016)
    The National Limousine Association’s Ride Responsibly™ initiative (www.rideresponsibly.org) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (www.nsvrc.org) have joined forces to produce a public service campaign, starring actress and activist Pamela Anderson. The PSA educates the industry and public at large about the dangers associated with ride-hailing apps.

    The video, titled “The Driving Game!”, is an extension of the Ride Responsibly initiative to improve safety for passengers using ride-hailing apps. In the PSA, Ms. Anderson takes a lighthearted approach at communicating the critically important point that “you can’t always vet the driver you are using, but the service you are using should.”

    “With an alarming number of alleged sexual assaults involving ride-hail app drivers, our partnership with the NSVRC is a vital step towards bringing these urgent matters to the forefront of conversation here in the United States,” said Gary Buffo, President of the NLA. “Due to the perilously incomprehensive background checks used by ride-hailing apps, we must establish a new nationwide standard, inclusive of fingerprinting for all ground transportation providers.”

    The NSRVC, known for preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources and promoting research, advocates for stricter regulations to protect riders.

    “Prevention of sexual violence is everyone’s responsibility,” NSVRC CEO Delilah Rumburg said. “Organizations, like the National Limousine Association, have the ability to create and strengthen policies to promote safety and respect for all. We’re proud to partner with the National Limousine Association— as they work to ensure the safety of all those who use hired transportation.

    “Every day, millions of Americans use ride-hailing apps that do not always hold their drivers accountable for their behavior behind the wheel, leaving passengers vulnerable,” said Pamela Anderson. “Much more concerning are incidents of sexual assault. It is time we implement some common sense measures, including comprehensive background checks and drug testing, for everyone’s safety.”

    The NLA continuously seeks new ways to protect passengers of any ground transportation vehicle, including prearranged services and ride-hailing apps. This new PSA reinforces the message of the NLA’s 2015 Ride Responsibly campaign, encouraging passengers to “Think Before You App!”

  • Monday, September 26, 2016 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    The NLA has begun accepting nominations for the 2017-2020 term of the Board of Directors. 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 28th 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: 

    • One At Large (includes all 50 U.S. states)
    •       Current director - Scott Solombrino, Dav El/BostonCoach
    • One Central region (AR, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, OK,  SD, TX, and WI)
    •       Current director - Erich Reindl, Avanti Int'lTransportation Ltd.
    • One Northeast region (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT)
    •       Current director - Douglas Schwartz, Executive Limousine
    • One West region (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, and WY)
    •       Current director - Gary Buffo, Pure Luxury Transportation
    • One Southeast region (AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
    •       Current director - Andy Thompson, Rose Chauffeured Transportation

    To run for the NLA Board you must complete and submit the application with the following accompanying documents:

    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 of directors and what your goals for the NLA will be if you are elected. 
    3. A high resolution headshot of yourself in electronic format
    4. Proof of legality in the cities/states/airports in which Regular Active Member operates.
    5. Certificate of insurance verifying Regular Active Member compliance with the state/federal requirements.
    6. Proof of your corporate officer position. 
    7. An explanation of anything the nominating committee should know about you that might reflect adversely on the NLA.

    Please click here for more information and to complete your application.

    Please note: incomplete applications will not be considered by the NLA Nominating Committee.

    The application deadline is Friday, October 28, 2016. Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter if their application is approved for inclusion on the election ballot. 

    If you have any questions regarding the application, eligibility requirements, or the documents each applicant must submit, please contact the NLA office at (800) 652-7007 or email info@limo.org.

  • Monday, August 22, 2016 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    Boston Mayor Walsh's Fight for Comprehensive Regulation of Ride-Hailing Services like Uber & Lyft is Commended by The National Limousine Association and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

    NEW YORK, Aug. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Limousine Association (http://limo.org) praises Mayor Walsh's commitment to stricter regulations ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft, in the city of Boston. In the open letter below, on behalf of the membership of the National Limousine Association, NLA Co-Founder Scott Solombrino commends His Honor's oath of office to protect the citizens of Boston.

    Dear Mayor Walsh,

    My name is Scott Solombrino and I am the Co-Founder of The National Limousine Association (NLA), and the spokesperson for Ride Safe Massachusetts. The NLA, founded in 1985, is an organization comprised of ground transportation providers across the globe, committed to upholding the integrity of our industry. We go to great lengths to ensure that drivers and passengers consistently travel in the safest conditions possible. We insist transportation providers properly screen all drivers, perform comprehensive background checks, comply with all training standards, undergo routine drug screening, and comply with all regulations established by responsible municipalities. To that end, we launched the Ride Responsibly (www.rideresponsibly.org) initiative to further educate the public about the current risks associated with utilizing ride-hailing services. Recently, Ride Responsibly has partnered with The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) in an effort to inform the public about the dangers of riding with unchecked TNC drivers. The NSVRC is the leading nonprofit in providing information and resources to prevent and respond to sexual violence.

    The NLA is deeply disturbed by the latest incident in which an Uber driver was charged with sexually assaulting his passenger, and we commend your calls for city oversight of the ride-hailing industry and firm stance that ride hailing drivers must undergo criminal background checks. Your allegiance to your citizen's well-being with regard to Transportation Network Companies (TNC), such as Uber and Lyft, has been unfolding in the brightest of spotlights, and I feel compelled to publicly voice The NLA's support for your stance on this critical issue.

    The NSVRC has particular expertise in the prevention of sexual assault. While criminal background checks will reveal only the crimes for which a person has previously been convicted, they are also the first and easiest step an employer can take toward safeguarding employees and customers. NSVRC is ready and available to assist with identifying additional measures that might be implemented to further reduce the risk of sexual violence.

    The implementation of new technology does not grant immunity from the laws and regulations that have been put into place to protect drivers and passengers. Technology must not progress faster than the government's ability to safeguard our citizens. To that effect, it is time that we establish a new nationwide standard, inclusive of fingerprint background checks for all ground transportation providers.

    The drivers of these TNCs operate in a manner that – with few exceptions – mirrors taxi and private "black car" services, and interact with a large cross section of your populous in Boston. It is only fair that the citizens of your great city step into a TNC-operated vehicle with the same confidence and security they have when using any other means of private ground transportation.

    The National Limousine Association and National Sexual Violence Resource Center applaud you, and proudly stand by your side.

    Thank you,

    Scott Solombrino
    President of 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 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.

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