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  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Uber Hack Prompts Industry Watchdogs to Call for Pause in Operations

    National Limousine Association Advocates for Congressional Inquiry

    NEW YORK , Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the disclosure that over 57 million Uber driver and rider accounts were hacked, exposing sensitive, personal information, the National Limousine Association (NLA) is calling for Uber to halt its operations and on Congress to formally investigate the incident. While the scope of the breach is still not fully known, the NLA warns the public that this information most likely goes well beyond typical credit card exposure seen in many retail hacks.

    "Uber knows where you live, work, and eat - all in addition to having your credit cards on file," warned Scott Solombrino, Co-Founder of the NLA. Solombrino continued "hackers may have accessed your trip data, learning your habits and selling this information to the highest bidder for reprehensible purposes. We at the NLA call on Uber to suspend operations, allowing Congress to get a grasp on the full scope of this breach and determine any legal wrongdoings for covering up such an extensive violation of privacy. There is no way to ensure that Americans using this service are not continually being exposed and Uber must be held accountable."

    In a year filled with news of catastrophic data breaches, including Equifax among many others, Uber is unique in that it retains location data, in addition to the license numbers and credit cards of its drivers. The NLA stresses that understanding the implications of such a hack requires the intervention of a governing body, that must avow that the service is safe to use before it continues to operate. Additionally, news of Uber's alleged cover up is extremely disturbing, and the pervasive and sustained illegal and unethical practices that are designed to deceive both regulators and the public need to be curbed immediately.

    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

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Limousine Association Urges President Trump to Protect the American Worker

    A Detailed Look into Autonomous Vehicles and Their Impact on Jobs Requested

    NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Limousine Association (http://limo.org) reaches out to President Trump to protect the American worker in regards to Uber's open push for autonomous vehicles. In the open letter below, on behalf of the National Limousine Association, Co-Founder Scott Solombrino responds to Uber's move from its current model of ride-sharing using freelance drivers to owning a fleet of autonomous cars about not being a commercial business until drivers are no longer in the picture. 

    Dear President Trump,

    Over the course of your campaign and in the first year of your presidency, I have been encouraged by your commitment to the prosperity of the American Worker. As you are aware, our country was founded on the principal that hard working Americans have a standard set of protections afforded to them by law, and that all reasonable efforts will be made to keep people employed who have a desire and ability to work. 

    As technology continues to improve by leaps and bounds, individuals have faced increasing threats as jobs become automated. The latest of these threats is coming from autonomous motor vehicles (AVs), and the views and practices put forth by the companies advocating for their development.

    The most recent example of this attitude can be attributed to Uber's Head of Automotive Alliances, Jeff Miller who was recently quoted in The Guardian as saying of ride-hailing companies "It only becomes a commercial business when you can remove that vehicle operator from the equation." Uber is a business that has built its existence on the hard work and labor of its drivers, profited off of the revenue generated by hardworking Americans and now it has publicly stated that its goal is to rid itself of the majority of its workforce.

    While it is true that this technology can be adapted to greatly enhance road safety, it cannot be implemented at the expense of the millions of drivers who depend on this income to survive. This technology also cannot be used in lieu of a human. There are simple decisions that only a human can and should make, ethical split second judgements that have the potential to impact dozens of lives that cannot be left to a computer. No mother, brother, sister or father will ever accept that their loved one perished because a computer made a decision.

    As recently reported by CBS News, "at least 10 million US jobs have a high risk of bowing to automation in the next decade as companies deploy machines that can learn and perform tasks." Specifically, over 1.8M truck drivers' jobs are now on the line. Some estimates peg the number of jobs in the U.S that rely on driving at 20 million, this cannot be ignored.

    Mister President, while it is important that we champion new and advantageous technology that allows our country to remain a model for the rest of the world, it is also important that we require operators to remain part of the equation as the economic and safety implications are tremendous. If this innovation is to move forward, I call on you to make sure the men and women that voted for you are well represented throughout all stages of the process.

    To be put simply, it is your promise and your prerogative to ensure that the American worker is protected and allowed to prosper. Drivers are voters, computers are not. This will be among your most enduring legacies as President, and I urge you to speak out on this issue and come to the aid of hard-working American drivers.

    Scott Solombrino

    President, Dav El Boston Coach

    Co-Founder, National Limousine Association 


    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.

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The NLA and LCT Magazine seeks to recognize and honor one state or regional association that has displayed excellence over the past year. This award will be presented to the limousine association that best serves its members and works toward the improvement of the chauffeured ground transportation industry.

    The National Limousine Association and LCT Magazine will present the Association Award of Excellence during the Annual LCT Operator of The Year Awards Gala in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 13. All entries must be submitted no later than Friday, January 12, 2018.

    Eligibility

    All NLA member associations are eligible for nomination. When judging nominees, emphasis will be placed on activities during the last year. Emphasis will not be put on the size of the association, but rather the accomplishments of the association. Associations may self-nominate or be nominated by any NLA member.

    Judging

    Entries will be judged according to the below criteria:

    • Recruitment: Types of programs/activities offered to increase membership.
    • Retention: Types of programs/activities offered to retain current membership.
    • Education/Training/Events: Types of programs offered and frequency.
    • Professionalism: The ways in which the association promotes professional qualities.
    • Advocacy: Efforts made regarding legislation and regulations on behalf of members. 
    • Innovation: The things that sets the association apart and makes the association unique from other associations.

    Entry Instructions

    • All entries shall be submitted using the online application.
    • Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, January 12, 2018.

    Winner to Receive

    • $1,000 donation to a charity of the state or regional association's choosing.
    • Plaque to be presented at the Annual LCT Operator of The Year Awards Gala during the International LCT Show.
    • Articles highlighting winner in NLA publications and LCT Magazine.

    Submit Your Nomination Now!

  • Monday, September 25, 2017 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Limousine Association (http://limo.org) praises Transport for London's (TfL) revocation of Uber's license as they have declared that the organization is not "fit & proper" due to their numerous misdeeds. In the open letter below, on behalf of the membership of the National Limousine Association, NLA President Gary Buffo commends TfL's decision to stand firm against Uber, demanding that they play by the rules.

    Dear TfL Commissioner Mike Brown,

    My name is Gary Buffo and I am the President of The National Limousine Association (NLA). The NLA, founded in 1985, is an organization comprised of ground transportation providers across the globe, committed to upholding the integrity of our industry. We insist that all transportation providers properly screen all drivers, perform comprehensive background checks, comply with all training standards, undergo routine drug screening, and comply with all employment regulations wherever they may operate. To that end, we launched the Ride Responsibly (www.rideresponsibly.org) initiative to educate the public about the risks associated with utilizing ride-hailing services. Recently, Ride Responsibly has partnered with Jobs with Justice to address the myriad labor issues associated with ride-hailing, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to help keep people safe.

    The National Limousine Association would like to applaud the TfL's decision not to renew Uber's license to operate in London. Increasingly, cities around the world are beginning to recognize and take action against the vast injustices committed by Uber and other ride-hailing services. While technology and innovation are crucial, human rights and safety can never be sacrificed simply for convenience. It is important to note that taxis and limousines across the world have adopted much of this same technology, and have managed to do so while still abiding by the rules.

    Hopefully, this decision will encourage other cities and countries to begin questioning the safety, accountability, business practices and overall value that these services bring. The NLA stands behind its operators around the globe and pledges to fully support the TfL, Mayor Sadiq Khan, and any leaders who choose to make the right decision for their citizens. The safety and security of both passengers and drivers have been in grave risk for far too long.

    Thank you, 

    Gary Buffo
    President
    National Limousine Association

     

    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 transportation network companies (TNCs), which include ride-hailing app car services, such as Lyft, Sidecar, Uber and Whisk. 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.

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  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 4:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Limousine Association (NLA), a nonprofit trade association, is looking to raise money for our members who have been negatively impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  We do not yet know the extent of the damage to member businesses or vehicles but we as a community must step up to help. Most of our members are small businesses and we must support one another. 

    We ask the limo industry to come together and donate in order to help our own during this time. No donation is too small. 

    We are working to compile a list of members impacted with details. The NLA also asks that if you yourself have been impacted to let us know as soon as possible by emailing or calling us so that we can add you to the list of members looking for support. Once we have a full picture of who needs support we will distribute funds accordingly outside of GoFundMe to the appropriate parties.

    Donation link: https://www.gofundme.com/NLAHurricaneHarvey

  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 4:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NLA is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 LCT/NLA Show East - "Catch the Wave of Success" - at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, NJ from November 5-7, 2017.

    The East Show is the ONLY Limo Show in the Northeast and the educational sessions are brought to you exclusively by the NLA.

    “LCT/NLA East will once again be an event to remember! There will be employee training sessions, interactive roundtables, educational “how to” sessions, and a dynamic keynote presentation. We are very focused on having something for everyone, from the newest of operators to the most seasoned,” said Diane Forgy, NLA’s Show Committee Co-Chair.

    This year’s show will also feature new and exciting session formats. “New this year we will be bringing you a peer-to-peer think tank, a breakfast session with a guest speaker, and campfire sessions. Also, we are having a theme to our education each day. Monday will be Operations Day and Tuesday will be Sales & Customer Service Day. Some really great things are in store!,” added Forgy.

    Check out the full schedule of events and register at www.lcteast.com.

    NLA members receive the lowest registration rates - register by August 31st to save the most! Don't forget to enter your NLA member number when you register.

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NLA is pleased to announce that we have launched a new education and networking opportunity for our members - Virtual Roundtables. This is the latest member benefit that brings maximum value to all NLA members.

    What is a Virtual Roundtable?
    NLA Virtual Roundtables provide a platform for discussion with like-minded business leaders surrounding pain points, challenges, and opportunities being faced today - all from the comfort of your own home or office. These live networking and idea-sharing events are moderated by industry experts who are there to guide the discussion and provide attendees with their own experiences and knowledge.

    The first Virtual Roundtable will be held on Thursday, June 8th. Click on the link below to learn more about this exciting new offering and to register.

    More information and registration details.


  • Monday, March 20, 2017 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NLA is excited to announce the 2017 NLA Day on the Hill registration is now open.

    This year's Day on the Hill will be June 13-14th in Washington, D.C.

    Click for more information and to register.

  • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEW YORK, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey conducted online by Harris Poll and commissioned by the National Limousine Association (limo.org) in March 2017 among 2,186 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, reveals 92% of consumers believe that ride-hailing service drivers should be subject to the same level of background checks as taxi and limo drivers before being allowed to drive passengers. According to the survey, 79% of Americans believe ride hailing service companies should have to operate under the same guidelines as taxis and limo companies. A majority of Americans, 71%, believe car service drivers should be limited in the number of hours they can drive per week, and 69% of Americans believe ride hailing service drivers should be entitled to benefits from their company.

    "While the nation's economic health has improved greatly since the recession, a full recovery will not be possible until we take the proper steps to protect the rights of the American worker. As this survey clearly illustrates, the vast majority of consumers believe that ride-hailing service drivers are indeed employees, and are entitled to the benefits required by federal labor laws," said Scott Solombrino, NLA co-founder.

    Reflecting the views of many Americans, The National Limousine Association's non-profit Ride Responsibly™ campaign has called for increased safety regulations specifically pertaining to ride-hailing drivers. Additionally, Ride Responsibly has long called for fair labor standards for all ground transportation drivers, advocating for their proper classification as employees and not independent contractors.

    "The NLA welcomes all innovation in the ground transportation field, technologies being used by the TNCs have revolutionized our industry. As the results of this survey demonstrate, Americans agree that technology is not an excuse to ignore rules and regulations that are in place to protect the best interests of our country," said Gary Buffo, President of the NLA. Mr. Buffo continued "It has become increasingly clear that TNCs' businesses models are based on circumvention, utilizing technology as an excuse for breaking the law."

    Methodology:
    This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of NLA from February 27-March 1, 2017 among 2,186 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This 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.

    ABOUT THE NLA:
    The National Limousine Association is the worldwide voice of the chauffeured transportation industry, comprised of more than 2000 members, including industry professionals, owners and operators, as well as regional and state limousine associations, that encompass nearly fifty thousand vehicles.  Formed in 1985, the NLA is a non-profit organization responsible for and dedicated to representing the interests of the chauffeured ground transportation industry at the global, national, state, and local level.  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 will establish best safety practices for prearranged car services and transportation network companies (TNCs), which include ride-hailing app car services, such as Lyft, Sidecar, Uber and Whisk.  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 will focus 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.

  • Thursday, December 22, 2016 10:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NLA will be hosting a fundraiser benefiting the Harold Berkman Memorial Fund, the NLA's philanthropic arm.

    The fundraiser, previously known as the Annual Wine Tasting, will be hosted at Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM.

    Additional details and registration: www.limo.org/charity-fundraiser

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