Limousine Owners Visit Capitol HillDora Bellagamba
Limousine Owners Visit Capitol Hill
Washington D.C. – Limousine owners visit Capitol Hill along with leaders of the National Limousine Association (NLA) and members of state and regional associations from across the country to make their annual lobbying trip. As the limo industry’s most important lobbying effort, the “Day on the Hill” is an opportunity for limousine operators to meet with legislators to discuss key issues and concerns affecting the limo industry on local, state and national levels.
The “Day on the Hill” included the NLA Board of Directors’ meetings and educational sessions. Operators were led by the NLA’s government relations and lobbying firm, Cornerstone Government Affairs, on a full day of meetings with members of Congress to discuss two key issues affecting the chauffeured transportation industry. First, to extend Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows small businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and encourages reinvestment. Secondly, request Members of Congress to examine Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft’s, classification of drivers as Independent Contractors.
The NLA has created the RideResponsibly™ initiative to establish and promote voluntary conduct, standards, and practices for the entire industry. Some app based ride-sharing companies, TNCs, have declared themselves to varying degrees exempt from some or all of the regulations, laws, and good safe practices followed by many NLA members. Many using these services may not be aware of the transportation provider’s compliance efforts. The goal of RideResponsibly™ is to empower and inform the public at large and provide drivers and passengers with tools for safety, including Passenger Bill of Rights and Driver Duty of Care. Since the launch of RideResponsibly™ over 90 days ago, the program has received over 746,000,000 total press and social media impressions.
In attendance from Concorde Worldwide in Freehold N.J. were Robert Bellagamba, Dora Bellagamba & Michael Renehan. Representing the Limousine Association of New Jersey was Executive Director, Patricia Nelson.