National Limousine Association Urges New York City to Freeze Transportation Cap
The National Limousine Association (NLA), in conjunction with the Limousine Association of New Jersey, is urging New York City to halt its plan to enforce a limit on the number of private ground transportation vehicles allowed in the city. The ban, intended to reduce traffic, would irreparably harm business owners, their employees as well as the customers that rely on commercial vehicular transportation when navigating the city.
Before instituting legislation of this type, the National Limousine Association demands that the City Council assemble a working group to study the economic impact of such a cap on each segment of the ground transportation industry. “To institute a blanket cap on an entire industry, without even considering the economic impact on families and business throughout the Tri-State Area is a haphazard solution to a complex problem,” said Scott Solombrino Co-Founder of the National Limousine Association. “Myriad factors have led to the overcrowding of New York City’s streets, and I completely agree that it is a problem worth solving. However, the solution must not impose an undue hardship on industrious workers and the people that rely on their services. The City needs to conduct a comprehensive economic study before moving any further with this plan.” The NLA agrees with Uber, Lyft, and other ride-haling companies that this cap is not the solution to the region’s transportation problems. It will limit the options available to passengers and do little to reduce road congestion. Additionally, the city’s public transportation is ill-equipped to handle a rise in usage as a result of this ban. NLA operators employ tens of thousands of individuals across the region, providing fully-benefited jobs that families rely upon. This cap would not only threaten jobs but likely raise prices for consumers across the board.
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 http://www.limo.org