In response to the new access fees instituted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Limousine Association of New Jersey (LANJ) President Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Worldwide reached out to the group’s membership to keep them aware of the change.
As shared in the 3.31.21 E-news on the Go, the Port Authority is now charging (effective April 5, 2021) all for-hire vehicles (FHVs) an access fee for pickups and drop-offs at Newark, LaGuardia, and John F. Kennedy airports. All FHVs—including app-based services like Uber and Lyft—will be charged $2.50 for each pickup and drop-off. For shared trips (pooled rides of multiple passengers), the charge will be $1.25 for each pickup and drop-off. Taxis will be charged $1.25 for pickups only, increasing to $1.75 per taxi pickup beginning on October 1, 2022.
In a letter to LANJ members, Sharenow said: “The Port Authority is requiring that all FHV base operators sign an FHV Privilege Permit to be able to provide service at the airports. There is a rider to the FHV Privilege Permit for black cars that contains important and notable exceptions for FHVs that are licensed as a black car base, limousine operator, luxury limousine base, or livery base that are not considered high-volume for-hire services (i.e., Uber, Lyft, and Via).”
Sharenow also remains optimistic about the future of luxury ground transportation.
“The outlook for our industry remains strong,” he wrote. “Personal and retail travel is starting to ramp back up. As vaccinations continue to be administered, we will see corporate America back in our cars as well.”
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