The Voice of the Prearranged Car Service Industry Worldwide
The NLA, in conjunction with EVINS, is pleased to announce the launch of Ride Responsibly™, an advocacy campaign to establish best safety practices and guidelines for prearranged car services and transportation network companies (TNCs), which include ride-hailing mobile application-based car services, such as Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and Whisk. Ride Responsibly™ will establish voluntary standards and best practices to act as a resource that equally addresses the safety and needs of prearranged ground transportation services and ride-hailing 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™. By effectively informing the public on these advised best practices, the delineation between the benefits of traditional private driver ground transportation and the hazards of digital hitchhiking will be revealed.
EVINS disseminated the NLA’s first release on February 11th and received a positive response from both media and the public. It boasted 73,114,000 total views, 239 postings and 2 unique mentions of Ride Responsibly™ on PressDemocrat.com and InsuranceNewsNet.com which totaled 1,180,644 unique views alone.
We look forward to sharing more news with you at the Public Relations Presentation and Legislative Update on Monday, March 16th in Las Vegas.
Meet our new NLA Members
(February 1, 2015 through February 17, 2015)
Kismet Limousine International Inc., Teaneck, NJ
Affects Transportation, Avon, IN www.affectsindy.com
BTV Transportation, Oklahoma City, OK
DC Chauffeur Drive, Co Dublin, Ireland www.dcchauffeur.com
Visionz Transportation Services, Conyers, GA
Private Tours Naples, Naples, Italy www.privatetournaples.com
VIP Service, Warsaw, Poland
Globelimo, The Colony, TX
Leptis magna Limousine, Inc., Burlingame, CA www.leptismagnalimousine.com
Ace Transportation Inc., Palm Desert, CA
BookmyLimo, Brussels, Belgium www.bookmylimo.com
Quest Limos, Calgary, Alberta, Canada www.QuestLimos.ca
Cata Black Car, Miami, FL www.cata-limo.com
JR Limousine of Chicago LLC, Mount Prospect, IL
JetStream Limousine LLC, San Rafael, CA www.JetStreamLimousine.com
M Executive Car, Portland, OR, www.mexecutivecar.com
Dial 7's Transportation LLC, Pleasanton, CA www.dial7trans.com
Hansom LLC, San Francisco, CA www.hansomlimo.com
Bergen Black LLC, Union, NJ
E.Z Trans Express Corp, Woodbridge, VA www.eztranslimoservice.com
VIP Livery Coach, Ozone Park, NY www.vipliverycoach.com
Anthony Limousine, Allentown, PA www.anthonylimo.com
SF Best Limousine Inc., San Francisco, CA www.sfbestlimousine.com
NLA Survey Reveals Passengers Using Ride-Hailing Apps Value Safety Over Convenience
New York, NY (February 11, 2015) — The National Limousine Association (www.limo.org), the non-profit organization responsible for and dedicated to representing the interests of the private driver transportation industry, announces the launch of 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 National Limousine Association (“NLA”). The announcement was made today by Gary Buffo, President of the NLA.
Said Mr. Buffo, “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, definitive guidelines and regulatory standards need to be established.”
The online survey, conducted by Harris Poll earlier this year encompassing approximately 2,000 adults ages 18+, 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 chauffeured 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 traffic 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™.
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 [email protected].
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.
Matthew Berritt: (212) 377-3577
David Harrison: (212) 277- 3584
The National Limousine Association has awarded 12 scholarship winners for the 2015 International LCT Show.
Each recipient will receive a complimentary registration to this year’s 2015 International LCT Show, three paid hotel nights at the Venetian & Palazzo Resort Hotel, 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 all and see you in Las Vegas!
This year’s 12 recipients are:
Alexander Zimmerman (Metropolitan Limousine, Berlin, Germany)
Ann Hawkey (Aspen Limo, Aspen CO)
Cheryl Green (Limo Zen, Landrum, SC)
Curtis Pree (Premier Luxury, Atlanta, GA)
Daniel Mullane (Keltic Transportation, Chelmsford, MA)
Erin Reis (Glass City Limo, Lambertville, MI)
Joshua Gibson (Visions Transportation Services, LLC, Coneyrs, GA)
Julie Hatter (LA Bella Chauffeurs, Long Beach, CA)
Mitchell Weber (Tornado Transit LLC, Wichita, KS)
Ryan Williams (Fivevest Chauffeur Corp, Richton Park, IL)
Todd Dunn (Scottsdale Towncar Service, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ)
February 6, 2015
The National Limousine Association (NLA) has received the results from the 2015 Board of Directors Election. The ballots were received, tallied and audited by Strouss, Hui, Roomberg Ellis, P.C.
The following seven operators have been elected to serve the 2015-2018 term on the NLA Board of Directors:
Jeff GreeneGreene Worldwide Transportation
Atlanta, GA – U.S. At Large
Exclusive Sedan Service
North Hollywood, CA – U.S. At Large
Company Car & Limousine
Cleveland, OH – U.S. Central Region
Manchester, NH – U.S. Northeast Region
RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation
Rockville, MD – U.S. Southeast Region
Laura CanadySC Express Transportation
Aiken, SC – U.S. Southeast Region
Corporate Transportation Solutions
Granite Bay, CA – U.S. West Region
“On behalf of the entire membership, we want to truly thank each and every candidate this year, as it shows the commitment many of our members have to our association,” remarked Gary Buffo, NLA President. “As many members may not be aware, these elected board members spend hundreds of hours per year and thousands of their own dollars traveling on your behalf. It is a true commitment they have made to you, their constituents,” he added.
Buffo continued, “These newly elected and re-elected board members will be tasked this year, starting with the announcement of the largest contract signed in the NLA's history, with Evin's Communications. We are at the forefront of the most incredible public relations campaign ever for the protection of the NLA and its members. An incredible presentation of our short-term accomplishments will be reviewed during our NLA members only, Legislative Update and Public Relations Presentation at the International Limousine, Charter, and Tour Show, March 16-18 in Las Vegas. We encourage 100% of our membership to attend this session.”
December 05, 2014
National Limousine Association
NLA President Gary Buffo stated, "It is really great to see how many industry business owners and officers see the importance of being involved in this prestigious association.”
Candidates for the two At-Large seats are: Joel Amato, Gateway Global; Jeff Greene, Greene Worldwide Transportation; Bruce Heinrich, LEADER Worldwide Chauffeur Services; and Ron Stein, Exclusive Sedan Service.
Candidates for the two Southeast seats are: Robert Alexander, RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation; Laura Canady, CLT Express; David Glazier, Fleet Transportation; Carl Haley, Jr., Grand Avenue Limousine, LLC; Andy Thompson, Rose Chauffeured Transportation; Scott Tinkler, Aventura Worldwide Transportation; and Rick Versace, A1A Limo.
Candidates for the one Central seat are: Matt Assolin, Nikko’s Worldwide Chauffeured Services; Mary Harrell-Paul, Crown Chauffeured Services; Charlie Murray, Total Luxury Limousine; Eileen Pickus, People Express Worldwide; and Steve Qua, Company Car and Limousine.
Candidates for the one Northeast seat are: Michael Campbell, Grace Limousine, LLC; Jon Epstein, Royal Coachman Worldwide; and James MacGilvray, Partners Executive Transportation.
Candidates for the one West seat are: Maurice Brewster, Mosaic Global Transportation; and Christopher Quinn, Corporate Transportation Solutions.
Ballots will be mailed to all NLA members shortly with a deadline of January 23, 2015 to be returned to the accounting firm for tally. Those ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.
“Wherever the election lands, I am very thankful for your support to the National Limousine Association. It is because of all of us that this association exists. Continue to be involved, as we are thankful for your support,” remarked Buffo.
About the National Limousine Association
The National Limousine Association, founded in 1985, is the voice of the chauffeured transportation industry worldwide. Headquartered in Marlton, New Jersey, its membership includes limousine owners and operators, suppliers, manufacturers, and regional and state limousine associations. It exists to support limousine enterprise, define professionalism, and continually improve the industry at large.
The National Limousine Association is now accepting applications for nominations to the 2015 Board of Directors. Applications must be submitted to the Nominating Committee, co-chaired by Rich Azzolino (Gateway Global, San Francisco, CA) and Dave Shaw (Olympus Limousines, New Port Richey, FL) by November 21 to be considered.
Seven board seats are up for election this year. All seats have a three-year term of service – from first quarter 2015 until first quarter 2018.
• Two At Large seats (includes all 50 U.S. states)
• One seat in the Central region (includes the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin)
• One seat in the Northeast region (includes the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
• Two seats in the Southeast region (includes the states of Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia)
• One seat in the West region (includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming)
To run for a U.S. regional seat, your company must be located in a state within that region (see above). Any qualified individual whose company is located in the United States may run for the open At Large seat.
Additional criteria for nomination eligibility apply. The complete criteria list and the list of the items required for nomination submission are included on the application form.
Copies of all applications will be provided to the Nominating Committee for verification of accuracy and compliance with the NLA bylaws. The Nominating Committee will meet to vote on the candidates for nomination and submit a proposed ballot to NLA president Gary Buffo.
Information on the candidates for the 2015 NLA Board of Directors will be published on www.limo.org. Ballots for voting will be mailed in early December 2014 and votes will be due for receipt at the accounting firm engaged by the NLA for tallying, verification and reporting by January 23, 2015. Election winners will be announced by January 26, 2015.
New Operator? Never Attending the International LCT Show? This Is Your Opportunity!
The 2015 International LCT Show Scholarship Program, organized and funded by the National Limousine Association and LCT Magazine and designed to enable new operators to attend the industry’s leading annual convention on March 16-18, 201 at the Venetian & Palazzo Resorts in Las Vegas, is open.
Scholarship award provides a business development opportunity unlike any other for operators who have recently launched their companies. In addition to providing entry to all International LCT Show educational, exhibit and networking events, it features the occasion to be introduced personally to many of chauffeured transportation’s leaders including the officers and members of the NLA board of directors.
Ten scholarships are available in total: two for operators located in each U.S. region – Central, Northeast, Southeast and West, one for Canadian operators and one for International operators (those located in countries other than the United States and Canada).
Each scholarship includes:
-One full show registration ($350)
-Three paid hotel nights ($652)
-One paid 2014 NLA membership (for recipients who are not currently members) ($205+ value)
See the information/application (here) for eligibility requirements.
Please return your completed application to the NLA deadline of January 15, 2014. Selected recipients will be notified in a timely manner to make their travel plans and head to Las Vegas! Nomination submission does not guarantee scholarship award.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Any questions may be directed to the NLA office at (800) 652-7007.
We don't want this to be our secret... We would like to let everyone in on an EXCLUSIVE vehicle purchase incentive as crafted between the National Limousine Association and the Lincoln Motor Company. You will hear about it during the NLA Annual meeting, you read about it in our cooperative promotion materials and now we are here to tell you how special this program is for you, the NLA and their philanthropic arm; the Harold Berkman Memorial Fund.
Now that you are ready to modernize your fleet, NOW is the time for you to take advantage of this time limited exclusive deal. For each eligible Lincoln purchased (MKT Town Car 500A package, MKS 500A package and Lincoln Navigator L 100A package) Lincoln will support the NLA with a $500 shared revenue that will provide a $250 contribution to the NLA AND a $250 contribution to the Harold Berkman Memorial Fund.
But wait, it gets better. The Lincoln Motor Company is so in tune with the value of NLA membership, they would like to make a contribution of $500 toward the first year NLA annual membership dues for any non-NLA member! The Lincoln Motor Company realizes what a great benefit it is to be a member of this esteemed association and they want you too to benefit from the great value membership can yield. So be certain to visit the Ford/Lincoln booth on the Show floor and make your purchase TODAY of one of their unparalleled Lincoln Luxury vehicles!
For more details on this exciting program, go here.
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