Limo Marketer
Sunday, December 05, 2021

Richmond, V.A.—President Stephen Story of James River Transportation, a full-service transportation provider and event planning organization, was invited by the National Transportation Safety Board to speak at a forum on developing a stronger safety culture across the transportation industry.

The forum was held September 10-11 in Washington, D.C., and reviewed what has gone into effectively creating safety cultures as well as areas where the industry could use improvement. Operators, labor groups, and oversight authorities were present and made clear their duties in developing these cultures.

"In our accident investigations we have seen instances of weak or non-existent safety cultures," says NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "In this forum, we wanted to highlight what's present in strong safety cultures as well as identify what works to build these cultures in order to more effectively prevent accidents.”

Visit jamesrivertrans.com for more information.

Albany, N.Y.—Premiere Transportation Group has purchased Diamond Limousine for an undisclosed amount in late April.

Diamond Limousine, established in 1981 in Albany, attributes over 95 percent of its business to private funeral transportation. Premiere Transportation Group acquired five limousines and two hearses with the purchase, increasing its fleet to 46 vehicles.

“This acquisition improves our fleet utilization,” says Premiere’s President David J. Brown. “Most of our limousines are used in the evening. Now those same vehicles will be able to assist with funerals during the daytime hours.”

Visit premierelimo.com for more information.

Louisville, Ky.--The Kentucky Limousine Association (KLA) hosted one of its most popular and important meetings of the year this past week at Bourbon’s Bistro in Louisville. The September 10 meeting focused on state and federal regulations governing the limousine industry.

The meeting started with a discussion by Linda Goodman and Preston Cox of the U.S. DOT, which focused heavily on interstate commerce laws. As they explained, if someone were to pay for a ride as they landed in another state, interstate commerce laws would not apply. However, if the pick-up was scheduled from another state before the passenger arrived at their destination, then interstate commerce laws would apply.

Officer Jared Newberry of the Kentucky State Police came by to discuss new rules for the transportation industry—specifically for chauffeurs. Now, K.Y. chauffeurs must drive with proof of their required physical examinations or they will be put out of service. Furthermore, any drivers who wear contact lenses must have a spare pair of glasses in the car and any drivers with hearing aids must have a spare set of batteries for them. Newberry also informed members of a four hour safety course for chauffeurs that, after finished, could qualify operators for an insurance discount.

Megan Hogue of Chauffeur Driven also came to give a preview for November’s CD Show in Atlantic City. Hogue came with a free pass to the show, which was raffled off and won by Todd Roberts of JACO Limousines and Transportation.

At the end of the meeting, everyone present shared a moment of silence for the twelfth anniversary of 9/11 attacks the following day.

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