Luxury Coach & Transportation

March 2015

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10 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR MARCH 2015 WWW.LCTMAG.COM A look at people, products, events, and milestones in the world of chauffeured and charter transportation FOR MORE NEWS GO TO LCTMAG.COM AND FIND LATE BREAKING E-NEWS AND BLOGS ABOUT THE INDUSTRY. LimoScene 03.15 TOP STORIES TNC Topics Take Center Stage For Limo Trade Groups The questions of how to defne and regulate Transportation Network Com- panies will guarantee a captive audi- ence in just about any industry room, as the topic has surged to the top of operator concerns. That was evident Feb. 10 during the Greater California Livery Associa- tion meeting when a panel discussion involving Music Express CEO Cheryl Berkman, GCLA President Kevin Illing- worth and Empire CLS executive Joey Phelps went into overtime with audience questions and comments. The panel brought a simple but hopeful message: Don't give up the fght, because TNCs are headed for trouble. That reality will become more apparent March 16 at the International LCT Show in Las Vegas when the Na- tional Limousine Association unfolds a sweeping public relations campaign fo- cused on ground transportation safety. NLA leaders will inform attendees of the latest legislative efforts to regulate TNCs, and host a roundtable with as- sociation presidents. The disruptive technologies behind TNCs will be the topic of a gen- eral session on March 17 with Larry Downes, co-author of the new book, "Big Bang Disruption." Downes will describe the wider forces at play in the business world — technological, economic, and policy. Associations across the U.S. have been pursuing the TNC issue of late, as the topic gets top billing at meetings and helps leaders rally operators for localized battles: Greater California Livery Association The GCLA panel detailed how rising safety violations, criminal incidents and labor lawsuits and actions could render the TNC business model unsustainable for the long term. Operators should not give up hope but instead ratchet up the fght against TNCs for regulatory fairness, said Berk- man, also the President of Advocates For Fairness In Transportation (AFT). AFT is a non-proft advocacy group dedicated to bringing about regulatory fairness among TNCs and other forms of ground transportation. The GCLA panel pointed out how TNCs are now more vulnerable to labor and wage lawsuits and regulations, as driver pay gets squeezed and unions stir up TNC drivers to fle lawsuits, especially in California. The TNC business model would be unsustainable if their drivers were classifed as employees, who must get competitive wages, benefts, meal breaks, overtime, gratuities, sick leave, workers comp and vacation time. Not to mention, the company costs of insurance coverage requirements, licensing and registration, driver background checks, and drug tests. It's better to regulate companies fairly than deregulate them into an environ- ment that compromises safety, Berkman said. Limo operators should take every step to make sure their companies are running clean. The panelists also asserted that much of the public and many politi- cians are simply uneducated about the problems with TNCs, and once told the truth, are more likely to support By Martin Romjue and Tom Halligan, LCT editors From coast to coast, industry associations are working all angles in the wider campaign for regulatory equality and passenger safety awareness. Greater California Livery Association offcers and directors lobbied legislators at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Jan. 15. Pictured (L to R) in front of the Governor's offce: GCLA board director Christopher Quinn, Corporate Transportation Solutions, Sacramento; GCLA board director and NLA President Gary Buffo, Pure Luxury Transportation, Petaluma; GCLA Treasurer David Kinney, API Limousine, Sacramento; GCLA 1st Vice President John Raftery, Executive Limousine & Coach, Ventura; GCLA President and NLA board director Kevin Illingworth, Classique Limousines, Or- ange; GCLA 2nd Vice President Perry Barin, Music Express, Burbank; and GCLA Secretary Anne Daniells, Torrey Pines Transportation, San Diego.

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