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In 1917, a small group of taxicab operators met in Washington, D.C. and formed the National Association of Taxicab Owners (NATO). NATO was born of the need to protect operators from the encroachment of the Federal government, which proposed to levy a 5% tax on the gross receipts of all companies operating three or more taxicabs. The new association presented its views before Congress and the legislation was not adopted. Originally based in Chicago, NATO's first president was John Boobar, president of the Terminal Taxicab Company in Washington, DC. Another of the founding members was John Hertz, president of Yellow Cab in Chicago, who later founded Hertz Rent-a-Car.
Focusing on the positive aspects of traditional for-hire vehicles, the Ride Local campaign follows national trends urging consumers to support local and independent businesses for their service, shopping and dining needs. Not only are these businesses local and independent, they are the foundational blocks of our communities and they strengthen local economies. This campaign helps transportation companies reiterate that message by creating a movement emphasizing just how important it is to Ride Local.
Watch this 10-minute documentary film, as it takes direct aim at key falsehoods that Uber and other so-called "ridesharing" services employ to deceive communities, elected officials, passengers and drivers. The documentary was created as part of the TLPA's Who's Driving You? campaign. Help spread the word on this film as far and wide as possible by re-posting it to Facebook, Twitter and your website.
Find a Ride with one of our member! We represent companies that provide local passenger transportation service for-hire—taxicabs, limousines, executive sedans, airport shuttles, liveries, wheelchair-accessible paratransit vehicles and non-emergency medical transportation vehicles. Our members operate over 100,000 of these vehicles, transporting about 900 million passengers per year. These companies are typically regulated by public entities (e.g., cities) to ensure that they meet public-safety requirements, such as commercial auto liability insurance, mechanical safety inspections of vehicles and law-enforcement-conducted criminal background checks on drivers.