Not only did the Limousine Association of New Jersey (LANJ) raise a whopping $21,465 at its annual dinner-auction meeting May 18, LANJ President Jason Sharenow shared good news on TNC regulation legislation.
In fact, on Thursday, May 19, a state Assembly Transportation Committee panel advanced a proposal to create a statewide standard for TNCs by mandating companies pay an annual permit fee, hold a two-tiered insurance policy, and enforce background checks that could include fingerprinting.
Further, another bill passed through the Assembly that will eliminate the sales tax on service as well as recraft the insurance regulations for for-hire companies like LANJ members.
“The sales tax collected by limo companies puts us at a 7% disadvantage right off the bat. The TNC’s do not collect it, why should we?” Sharenow said. “We are happy legislation has been introduced to move towards leveling the playing field."
Sharenow (Broadway Elite), Pete Corelli, PAC chairman (Lakeview Custom Coach), and Board Director David Seelinger (EmpireCLS Worldwide) traveled to Trenton Thursday to continue lobbying for stricter TNC regulations. Obviously, their effort helped move the legislative needs on leveling the playing field.
Added Corelli, "We have our fingers crossed the TNC and sales tax legislation will move forward. It was a good day for LANJ and New Jersey operators."
LANJ issued a statement today on the outcome of the Assembly legislation: “We applaud Assemblymen Lagana, Singleton and Wisniewski for introducing statewide regulation for Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft to avoid patchwork local rules that create an uneven regulatory system, but unfortunately, more is needed to adequately protect the riding public. To properly regulate companies like Uber and Lyft, mandatory fingerprinted background checks are a must to ensure a comprehensive background check.
While Uber may object, fingerprinted background checks are not only required in the for-hire transportation industry, but are also routinely required for teachers, nurses, mortgage brokers and others. Our legislators established these requirements because of the importance of public safety. Why would New Jersey want to lower the standards that protect its citizens?