Thursday, January 17, 2019

PRLA King of Prussia, Pa. — The Philadelphia Regional Limousine Association (PRLA) held its first general membership meeting of the year on January 12 at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Chief among the issues shared by PRLA President Steve Rhoads of Roads Limousine was the announcement of a temporary resolution to the association’s battle with the Philadelphia Parking Administration (PPA).

Earlier this year, when the PPA more than doubled its annual per-vehicle fee from $404 to a staggering $868, the PRLA jumped into action and hired an attorney to represent them in seeking changes to the fees and regulations placed upon the luxury ground transportation industry by the city.

Steve Rhoads PRLA PRLA President Steve Rhoads On January 11, the PRLA legislative committee—consisting of Mike Barreto from Flyte Tyme Worldwide, Jordan Sanders from Hollowsands Luxury Limousine, and Rhoads—had a final mediation with the PPA in which the vast number of the concessions sought by the association was agreed upon. Most notably, the city agreed to lower the annual per-vehicle fee to $500, with a cap of $550 for 2018. Additionally, significant changes were made to both driver registration and inspection fees and structures. The two organizations also reached a handshake agreement that they would work together to add an amendment to the state’s recently passed Ride Share Bill to collect a percentage of gross intercity revenue instead of the per-vehicle fee.

“These concessions were overwhelmingly in our favor,” said Barreto. “This was a much needed victory for the PRLA and the operators in our region.”

Rhoads, too, was very pleased with the result of the meeting, and reported that the majority of the association was happy with the outcome.

Next, the association is turning its attention to the Philadelphia International Airport, where a private licensing agreement with TNCs was recently signed.

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