Sunday, October 02, 2022

King of Prussia, Pa. — The members of the Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association (PRLA) elected its new board of directors for 2015 at its November 12 meeting. The meeting, which was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy, was dedicated almost exclusively to the elections and giving each nominee a chance to provide an overview of their background and plans for the association.

The 2015 board of directors for the PRLA is as follows:

President: Steve Rhoads of Rhoads Limousine
Vice President: Robert Euler of King Limousine
Secretary: Mark Barnett of Best of Times Chauffeured Limousine Service
Treasurer: Christopher Haines of Michael’s Classic Limousine
Vendor member: Peter Corelli of Lakeview Custom Coach
General membership: Christopher Haines; Anthony Onorata of Anthony Limousine

“We had a lot of turnout for the election, and we had a good turnout for people who wanted to be on the board,” Rhoads said. “We’re really happy with everything.”

The next PRLA event will be its Monte Carlo Night on December 10.

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Louisville, Ky. — The Kentucky Limousine Association (KLA) held its most recent meeting November 11, where nominations were accepted for next year’s board and officers. The meeting included discussions of both local and industry matters.

The association discussed its participation in the 2015 Kentucky State Fair set for late August, where the KLA will have a bigger booth than previous years and plans to put a “traditional” stretch limousine on display. KLA members who also operate within Tennessee recently attended a meeting of the reformed Tennessee Livery Association, which took place in Nashville. 

The meeting also saw both a discussion and review of additional information surrounding the emergency TNC regulations that are to be instated prior to the beginning of Kentucky’s 2015 regular legislative session.

The next KLA event will be December 9. A regular member meeting and elections will kick off the afternoon, which will be followed by a Christmas party and a dinner outing.

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Houston — The Houston Area Livery & Charter Association (HALCA) held its most recent meeting November 4.

With HALCA board members Erich Reindl of Avanti Transportation, Richard Mishriky of CTI Transportation, and Mary Vaught of Vaught Insurance stepping down once their terms expire, the vacant positions will be filled by Lauren Barrash of The Wave, Rony Dieudonne of Global Transportation, and Kevin Claypool of Atlas Limousines for 2015. 

The meeting included discussions about issues that members should consider before renewing their permits with the Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department, which included: being aware that the city of Houston could either deny the issuance of new permits to or shut down operators if they seek permits for vehicles with a salvage title; a city ordinance mandates that adequate insurance coverage is $1 million; and all fire extinguishers in passenger transportation vehicles must be “in immediate reach” of drivers.

TNCs remain a hot issue for Houston-area operators—and one that doesn’t seem to be abating in the near future, even with Lyft’s announcement that it would pause operations in the city, effective November 20. But, according to current HALCA President Reindl, ground transportation operators are feeling the sting of newcomer Uber drivers receiving the privileges that established livery companies have been requesting for years.

“For almost two years, we’ve been asking for additional parking at the airport because we don’t have enough room,” Reindl says. “So Uber comes in and the city gives them their separate parking spots. The industry has been here for nearly 30 years and never got that, but Uber—who wasn’t here a year or two ago—gets it in just a few weeks.”

HALCA’s next event will be its holiday party on December 14.

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