Saturday, May 21, 2022

Accent Billy MerrifieldBilly MerrifieldSanta Fe, N.M.— Accent Chauffeured Transportation of New Mexico recently welcomed Billy Merrifield, its new safety and compliance supervisor, to its team. Merrifield comes to Accent with 13 years of law enforcement experience. With degrees in business administration and police science, he spent the last five years employed with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission as a detective/criminal investigator conducting safety inspections and investigations on motor carriers throughout the state. Merrifield also acted as a criminal special agent investigating insurance fraud for the state of New Mexico.

With a growing bus fleet, expanding employee base of chauffeurs and bus drivers, and additional new service divisions, Paul Thompson, president of Accent Chauffeured Transportation of New Mexico recognized the need to create this position within his growing company. The Accent team has embraced Merrifield and the experience he brings to the company as it continues to grow and provide exceptional service to the northern New Mexico region.

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BCAC save the dateNew York, N.Y.—Black Car Assistance Corp. (BCAC), an organization dedicated to the betterment and protection of black car operators in New York City, will host its first ever annual dinner this May 21 at 7:00 p.m. The dinner will take place at The Inn at New Hyde Park in New Hyde Park, N.Y., and will be open to all N.Y. black car operators and their guests.

The evening is geared toward allowing attendees to mingle and make new connections, all while enjoying the company of their industry friends and peers. In addition to dinner, there will be music, an awards program to honor some of the best of the industry, a silent auction, and even cigar rolling so that guests can enjoy one on the patio attached to the ballroom. The attire expected is cocktail to business.

Formal invitations are expected to be released this April. Find the latest updates on the evening on BCAC’s Facebook page at


teslaThe sleek and refined Tesla S sedanLos Angeles, Calif.—Last week, Music Express took delivery of six brand-new, all-electric Tesla S sedans. The six vehicles were distributed among the four Music Express offices: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. The company hopes that customers will embrace the car so that it can transition its primary fleet away from traditional, gas-powered vehicles. While it’s not the first California transportation company to add electric vehicles to its fleet, it is one of the largest to do so in the hopes of making a broader transition.

“If our clients accept them as a livery vehicle, then we will change much of our fleet to Tesla over time," says West Coast Affiliate Manager Perry Barin. “It’s a green car and it’s a luxury car at the same time.” Barin says that the car as it stands right now is a “driver’s car,” with the majority of the experience focused on the driver. Music Express hopes to continue to work with the automaker by providing direct client feedback about comfort and legroom. Barin hopes that the good relationship the company has with Tesla will be an open one that leads to vehicle improvements with a livery application.

The Tesla S currently gets an estimated 265 miles per charge, which is monitored by touchscreens in the driver’s compartment. Music Express selected about a dozen chauffeurs in its Los Angeles office to be trained on the safe operations of the vehicle, especially in understanding the gauges and ensuring correct monitoring of the electrical charge. Because it doesn’t operate like a gas-powered vehicle, the chauffeur has to look for different feedback and cues to ensure it is being utilized to its fullest potential. It’s a completely new type of experience, laden with high technology and quiet operating environment. The city is also working on adding charging stations for future use, so that on-the-road usage is a little less dicey.

The Los Angeles office got a chance to test them out just in time for one of the city’s largest events: The Oscars. Barin says that the Teslas were met with a good reception for its debut this past weekend. “We used them for the Oscars and clients loved them. One of our clients even wanted to drive it!”

Meanwhile on the colder East Coast, the vehicles will be introduced to clients as early as later this or early next week as the New York office awaits its TLC permits, according to Billy Placier, East Coast affiliate manager. Tesla is not only one of the only all-electric vehicles on the road, it’s also been rated one of the safest. According to independent testing done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the S has been awarded 5 stars in all safety rating categories—the highest of any car.

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