Members of TLPA from around the country flew to Washington, DC, last week with an important message urging Congress to resist an anticipated legislative push by companies like Uber and Lyft to circumvent local transportation rules.
Here’s the issue: Uber and Lyft want special federal legislation that would permit transportation network companies (TNCs) to operate free of state and local oversight, thus bypassing local and/or state rules and regulations governing public safety.
Passenger-transportation regulation that best comports with local safety requirements and community needs is best legislated by local government. That’s because New York City’s taxicab needs are vastly different than those of, say, a small city in the Midwest or a town in New England.
Carrying that message, more than a dozen taxicab, limousine and paratransit fleet operators held meetings with U.S. senators, representatives and their staffs during the June 15 legislative fly-in.
It was all part of a coordinated effort by TLPA to combine its members’ immense knowledge of professional fleet operations with the political coordination of the association.
Companies like Uber and Lyft have long sought to convince elected officials that they are merely technology companies. Every member of TLPA knows that is false. Uber and Lyft perform the same business and public functions as taxicab companies, and taxicab regulation has never been, and should not be, a federal issue.
Many thanks to the dedicated members of TLPA who participated in this excellent legislative fly-in, including:
- Tom Arrighi—Bill’s Taxi/A&A Metro Transportation, Bridgewater, MA
- John Camillo—Yellow Cab, Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Paige Coker—Transportation General, LLC, Birmingham, AL
- Jeb Corey—C & H Taxi, Charleston, WV
- John Davis—Happy Cab, Omaha, NE
- Mike Fogarty—Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services, Beverly, MA
- Bill George—KCTG, Kansas City, MO
- Ed Kargbo—Yellow Cab of Austin, Austin, TX
- Dwight Kines—Transdev, Baltimore, MD
- Charlie King—Red Top Cab, Arlington, VA
- Robert McBride—Metro Taxi, Denver, CO
- Basil Rudawsky—St. Louis County Cab/Yellow Cab, St. Louis, MO
- Bill Scalzi—Metro Taxi, West Haven, CT
- Mary Smarelli—Transit Express, Milwaukee, WI
- Judy Swystun—Black & White Cars, Inc., Norfolk, VA
- Bill Yuhnke—Liberty/Yellow Cab, Buffalo, NY
We couldn’t have done it without these dedicated members, each of whom is a leader in the professional transportation industry. If you want to find out how you can be a part of TLPA’s efforts in Washington, DC, on behalf of the for-hire transportation industry, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 984-5700.