P.O.V

Fingerprinting in Massachusetts:

“The National Limousine Association is very pleased with this announcement of support from the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. While mobile ride-hailing services may not agree with mandatory fingerprinting, the National Limousine Association believes this is a necessary step in protecting the passengers, drivers and the hard working people of Massachusetts who travel these streets on a daily basis. Innovation is what makes our society great, but with great technological advances comes a responsibility to ensure the protection and safety of those who embrace and utilize that progress. This is a commonsense solution that all parties can agree upon.” – NLA Board Member and Former President Scott Solombrino

The Driving Game PSA:

“With an alarming number of alleged sexual assaults involving ride-hail app drivers, our partnership with the NSVRC is a vital step towards bringing these urgent matters to the forefront of conversation here in the United States. Due to the perilously incomprehensive background checks used by ride-hailing apps, we must establish a new nationwide standard, inclusive of fingerprinting for all ground transportation providers.” – NLA President Gary Buffo

Fair Labor Standards:

“In a society that increasingly values convenience over safety and responsibility, it is the obligation of the National Limousine Association to raise awareness about how ride-hailing services, for reasons of financial gain, are circumventing the fair labor laws and are not required to adhere to or comply with the same safety standards and regulations applicable to taxis and limousines. Ride hailing services are misleading passengers, exploiting drivers and putting the public at risk.” – NLA Board Member and Former President Scott Solombrino

“It is crucial for state and local governments to develop proactive legislation as our industry continues to change and the market expands… As the global voice of the private driver transportation industry, we feel it is our obligation to create a safer and more accountable system for passengers and operators.” – NLA President Gary Buffo

California Uber Drivers as Employees:

“The NLA is very pleased with the fair and balanced ruling issued by the California Labor Commission. The NLA is committed to upholding universal standards and best practices for all companies that employ drivers for private transportation. It is crucial for state and local governments to develop proactive legislation as our industry continues to evolve and the market expands. The NLA commends the state of California. It is our belief that all ground transportation providers, including ride-hailing services, perform under the same basic guidelines.” – NLA President Gary Buffo

Risks of Ride-Hailing:

“The National Limousine Association has worked diligently to ensure that safety standards are universally enforced across the entire ground transportation industry. It is our objective that all ground transportation, including TNCs, perform under the same standards as private and pre-arranged ground transportation drivers. Upon closer inspection, several TNCs terms and conditions reveal a number of disturbing provisions that should give any passenger pause.” – NLA President Gary Buffo

Uber Drivers Suit Granted Class-Action Status By Federal Judge:

“The NLA is very pleased with ruling issued by U.S. District Judge Edward Chen, granting class action status to former drivers for Uber. The NLA has long been committed to upholding best practices for all companies that employ drivers for private transportation. As our industry continues to evolve, it is critical that state and local governments enforce proactive legislation. The NLA commends the Judge Chen. It is our belief that all ground transportation providers, including ride-hailing services, must perform under the same basic guidelines.” – NLA President Gary Buffo

The Problem with Uber:

“The company makes up its own rules, and after pushing its way into the market, it has consistently refused to cooperate with regulators. There’s a reason why some countries have taken the step to ban Uber entirely. Uber is not special. They need to start following the rules like everybody else. “This attitude is coming from sheer Silicon Valley arrogance. Uber needs to stop litigating, and become legitimized in cities. This is an international company picking up millions of people, but it’s not acting as such. The company creates huge levels of pollution and traffic. Being evasive and non-compliant is not going to get them much further.” – NLA Board Member and Former President Scott Solombrino

Partnership with Jobs With Justice:

“In a society that increasingly values convenience over safety and responsibility, it is the obligation of the NLA to raise awareness about how ride-hailing services, for financial gain, are circumventing fair labor laws and are not adhering to the same safety standards and regulations that are often applicable to taxis and limousines. Our partnership with Jobs With Justice is a vital step towards bringing these urgent matters to the forefront of conversation here in the United States. Ride-hailing services are misleading passengers, exploiting drivers and putting our economy at risk.” – NLA President Gary Buffo

On Staffing and Cultural Turbulence Occurring at Uber:

“For the past several years, through our Ride Responsibly initiative, as well as through legislative means, we have sought to inform the American people about the culture of circumvention that exists at ride-hailing companies such as Uber. Amidst issues ranging from passenger safety to driver’s benefits & rights, Uber has repeatedly dodged regulations in an effort to maximize profit. As president of the nation’s largest ground transportation trade organization, I implore Uber’s board to appoint responsible leadership.” – NLA President Gary Buffo

“Since its inception, numerous Uber passengers have been injured or killed due to disregard at the corporate level. Cost and corner-cutting initiatives coupled with a complete disregard for public safety has led to a flawed background check system placing our loved ones in the car with people unfit to drive professionally. Even worse, for the countless innocent drivers who had been lured in by deceptive compensation claims, Uber has not had the decency to afford them benefits such as healthcare, workers’ compensation or paid leave as they are promised by the Fair Labor Standards Act. I can only hope that Uber’s new leadership will take the responsible path when it comes to the treatment of our citizens.” – NLA Board Member and Former President Scott Solombrino

On London’s Revocation of Uber’s License:

“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.” – NLA President Gary Buffo

On the Numerous Mentions of Uber in the #MeToo Social Media Campaign Highlighting Sexual Assault and Harrassment:

“As a retired police officer, father and active member of the ground transportation industry I am mortified at how often sexual assaults take place within ride-hailing vehicles. I have advocated for more stringent fingerprint-based background checks that would find crimes across state lines. While those who commit these crimes should undoubtedly be served justice, it’s time for the public to realize that Uber & Lyft are accomplices to this behavior as they continue to turn a blind eye.” – NLA President Gary Buffo