Luxury Coach & Transportation

July 2018

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LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION JULY 2018 15 PEOPLE & OPERATIONS PAMELA ANDERSON TAKES STARRING ROLE IN ANTI-TNC VIDEO SKIT NEW YORK — The National Limousine Association's Ride Responsibly initiative on May 15 released its fourth public service announcement starring actress and activist Pamela Anderson. The PSA questions the labor practices of ride-hailing services and the misleading hiring tactics deployed to lure drivers. "The Closer," directed by acclaimed artist Luke Gilford, is a shift from Ride Responsibly's previous safety-focused PSAs, drawing attention to the deceptive labor practices of ride-hailing companies. In this PSA, Pamela An- derson stars as the villain – a ride-hailing service super-recruiter – who can convince anyone to sign up as a driver by misleading them with compli- ments and charm, and assuring them they don't require common employee benefits such as health insurance or designated work hours. "The notion transportation network company drivers are independent contractors and not employees is entirely false, and an affront to the hard work and ambitions of thousands of Americans who are seeking a steady income to support themselves and their families," said Gary Buffo, Presi- dent of the National Limousine Association. "The Fair Labor Standards act clearly defines these men and women as employees, who should be afforded healthcare, workman's comp, and all of the benefits employees of traditional ground transportation companies (e.g. taxi, black car, tour charters) receive. The ride-hailing companies see drivers as nothing more than a stop-gap measure while they work to develop autonomous vehicles intended to replace them." Pamela Anderson stated, "The public has come to rely on ride-hail apps, not only as transportation, but as income. Rather than appreciate the hard work and dedication provided by their drivers, these services lure innocent job-seekers with flashy ads about great pay and flexibility, yet force them to work intolerable hours, earning a barely livable wage. As a community, we must stand up for these drivers and demand legislation that grants them employment status and the benefits associated with it." Information: www.limo.org; www.rideresponsibly.org LuxuryTransportation Scene Ridehail safety activist and actress Pamela Anderson plays the role of an evil recruiter for TNCs in the latest PSA promoted by the National Limousine Association. JAMES RIVER BUYS TWO MORE VAN HOOL MID-COACHES RICHMOND, VA — James River Transporta- tion recently added two 2018 Van Hool CX35 motorcoaches to its fleet. The model includes 38 seats with extra legroom, 3-point seat belts, power outlets at each seat, Wi-Fi available upon request, luggage bays underneath, a restroom, DVD players and monitors, and satellite track- ing and cameras. "We purchased two of these vehicles in 2016 and they have been a big hit with our custom- ers who were looking for a smaller vehicle with big coach features," James River President Stephen Story said in a press release. James River Transportation is a full-service transportation provider and event planning organization with facilities in Richmond and Norfolk. The company also has onsite opera- tions at Richmond and Norfolk international airports. Services include motorcoach and minicoach transportation, airport transfers, transportation management, contract services, and convention shuttles. The company has been in business for over 90 years and is a certified member of the International Motorcoach Group (IMG). The IMG is an invitation only partnership of the top motorcoach transportation companies in North America. Information: jamesrivertrans.com ZBEST CELEBRATES ONE YEAR OF GROWTH IN SERVING WASHINGTON DC AREA WASHINGTON, D.C. — A little over a year since opening its new regional op- eration at National Harbor, Md., to better serve travelers in the Washington area, ZBest Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation has grown its number of clients and employees. This regional office over the past year has enabled ZBest to add several positions to the company, with more openings available for customer service reps, dispatch- ers, and chauffeurs. "We have been truly fortunate to serve and develop relationships with individuals and companies in the DC region who have come to rely on our transportation management solutions and trusted partnerships," said Darren Vance, ZBest vice president and general manager of the Washington region. Headquartered in Baltimore, ZBest established the operation at National Harbor to manage trips in the area quickly and ef- ficiently, with less travel time from Baltimore. In addition to its Baltimore and National Harbor locations, ZBest provides service in more than 500 cities worldwide through its proven affiliate network. ZBest manages ground transportation for individuals and companies with a fleet ranging from luxury sedans to 55-passenger motorcoaches. Information: www.zbestlimo.com Darren Vance, vice president and general man- ager of Washington, D.C. region.

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