Luxury Coach & Transportation

April 2015

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SPECIAL SECTION 47 NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS National Limousine Association 49 S. Maple Ave., Marlton, NJ 08053 Phone: (856) 596-3344 • Fax: (856) 596-2145 DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KYLE S. HAMMERSCHMIDT Kyle.hammerschmidt@limo.org MEMBER SERVICES COORDINATOR JOHN TORRENCE John.torrence@limo.org 2014 NLA BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT GARY BUFFO ('11-'14) ('14-'17) West Region Pure Luxury Transportation, CALIFORNIA FIRST VICE PRESIDENT MICHAEL CAMPBELL ('12-'15) Northeast Region Grace Limousine, NEW HAMPSHIRE SECOND VICE PRESIDENT JOE IRONI ('10-'13) ('13-'16) Canada Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services, CANADA TREASURER ROBERT ALEXANDER ('09 -'12) ('12-'15) Southeast Region RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, MARYLAND SECRETARY LAURA CANADY ('12-'15) Southeast Region CLT Express, NORTH CAROLINA DIRECTORS RICHARD AZZOLINO ('09-'12) ('12-'15) West Region Gateway Global, CALIFORNIA DIANE FORGY ('10-'13) ('13-'16) Central Region Overland Chauffeured Services, MISSOURI JEFF GREENE ('12-'15) At Large Greene Worldwide Transportation, GEORGIA MARY HARRELL-PAUL ('12-'15) Central Region Crown Chauffeured Transportation, ILLINOIS KEVIN ILLINGWORTH ('13-'16) West Region Classique Limousine Worldwide, CALIFORNIA RICHARD KANE ('07-'10) ('10-'13) ('13-'16) At Large International Limousine Service, WASHINGTON DC MICHAEL OLDENBURG ('13-'16) International United Limousines AG, GERMANY ERICH REINDL ('14-'17) Central Region Avanti Transportation, TEXAS DAWSON RUTTER ('07-'10) ('10-'13) ('13-'16) Northeast Region Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, MASSACHUSETTS DOUGLAS SCHWARTZ ('14-'17) Northeast Region Executive Limousine, NEW YORK DAVE SHAW ('11-'14) ('14-'17) Southeast Region Olympus Limousines, FLORIDA SCOTT SOLOMBRINO ('08-'11) ('11-'14) ('14-'17) At Large Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network, MAS- SACHUSETTS RON STEIN ('12-'15) At Large Exclusive Sedan Service, CALIFORNIA VENDOR DIRECTORS CRAIG HALL Ford Motor Company Limousine & Livery Vehicles Contact the NLA office at info@limo.org and we will forward comments/suggestions to Dave and Mary for consideration. NEWS VIEWS A P R I L 2 0 1 5 Visit us online limo.org or nlaride.com for Breaking News, Safety Recommendations and more. The National Limousine Association awarded 12 scholarships to operators who received complimentary admission to the recent 2015 International LCT Show. The scholarship program, organized and founded by the NLA and LCT magazine, is designed to enable new operators to attend the industry's leading annual convention in Las Vegas. The 12 recipients received a special orientation of the show and conference and also were paired with an NLA board member who served as a mentor during the event. In addition to complimentary registration, each scholarship included three paid hotel nights at the Venetian & Palazzo Resort Hotel Casinos, one paid 2015 NLA membership (if the company is not a current member), and one paid annual subscription to LCT Magazine. Each scholarship is valued at more than $1,000. Congratulations to this year's winners: • Adnan Shaukat Excelride, Ashburn, Va. • Alexander Zimmerman Metropolitan Limousine, Berlin, Germany • Ann Hawkey - Aspen Limo, Aspen Colo. • Cheryl Green - Limo Zen, Landrum, S.C. • Curtis Pree - Premier Luxury, Atlanta, Ga. • Daniel Mullane - Keltic Transportation, Chelmsford Mass. • Erin Reis - Glass City Limo, Lambertville, Mich. • Joshua Gibson - Visions Transportation Services, LLC, Coneyrs, Ga. • Julie Hatter - LA Bella Chauffeurs, Long Beach, Calif. • Mitchell Weber - Tornado Transit LLC, Wichita, Kan. • Ryan Williams - Fivevest Chauffeur Corp, Richton Park, Ill. • Todd Dunn - Scottsdale Towncar Service, LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz. LCT/NLA 2015 Scholarship Recipients Attend International LCT Show NLA Launches Ride Responsibly ™ Campaign For Car Service Passengers & Drivers In February, The National Limousine Association launched Ride Responsibly ™ (www.RideResponsibly.org), an advocacy campaign to establish best safety practices and guidelines for prearranged car services and transportation network companies (TNCs), which include ride-hailing/ride-booking application based car services, such as Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and Whisk. The critical and urgent need for the Ride Responsibly ™ campaign is underscored by the results of a recent online survey conducted by Harris Poll commissioned by the NLA. "The stimulus for the Ride Responsibly™ campaign is the mushrooming number of reports in the media of incidents committed by car service drivers against passengers. The lack of standardized federal, state and local rules and regulations for ride-hailing/ride- booking application based car services have made it apparent that there is a critical need to enact and enforce reliable safeguards for drivers and passengers alike. The results of the recent NLA survey made it clear that decisive action, defnitive guidelines and regulatory standards need to be established," said NLA President Gary Bufo. The online survey, conducted by Harris Poll earlier this year encompassing about 2,000 adults ages 18-plus, shows that 73% of Americans would not use ride-hailing apps if they were not safe, even if they were convenient. However, only 21% of Americans actually feel safe when using chaufeured car services including taxis, limousines, and ride-hailing apps. These results speak to how much passengers value safety in private ground transportation. The poll results further indicate that 88% of Americans believe that it is important to know if their driver has had a background check, and 81% of Americans believe it is important to have privacy protection from car service drivers. Results also demonstrate an astounding 84% of Americans believe that there should be set fares regardless of trafc conditions. Ride Responsibly ™ will establish voluntary standards and practices to act as a resource that equally addresses the safety and needs of prearranged ground transportation services and ride- hailing/ride-booking applications. The program will focus on educating the industry and 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 ™ . Methodology: The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of NLA from January 29 to February 2, 2015 among 2,028 adults, 18-years and older. The 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.

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