The National Limousine Association (NLA) has announced the launch of its Holiday Travel Promise safety pledge. Continuing a legacy of highlighting and promoting safety in the industry, the NLA strongly encourages all drivers to follow the pledge to ensure safe delivery of the most precious packages this holiday season.
“As the voice of the industry for nearly four decades, we see it as our duty to lead the call for increased safety on our nation’s roadways this holiday season. Far too many accidents occur this time of year and overall traffic fatalities are on a startling 16-year high in the US,” said NLA President Robert Alexander of RMA Worldwide. “The Holiday Travel Promise demonstrates our association’s commitment to strict protocol and the safety of all riders. We want to ensure everyone on the roads can spend the holiday season with their loved ones, without having to worry about safe, reliable transportation.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 42,915 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year, a 10.5 percent increase from the 38,824 fatalities in 2020 and the highest number since 2005.
The NLA invites all drivers in the ground transportation industry to join the Holiday Travel Promise safety pledge, adopting the strongly suggested practices in the association’s Driver Duty of Care:
Drivers should be properly screened, licensed, and trained, including:
- Criminal background and security check by a certified agency or equivalent
- Pre-hire drug testing and random testing program, when required by USDOT
- Driver training program that includes driver duties, customer service, safety, and defensive driving skills
- Certified medical examination, as required by local, state, and federal regulations
Vehicles should be properly licensed, safe, and commercially insured, including:
- Proper supervision, retraining, and discipline when appropriate
- Commercial insurance with liability coverage, as required by local, state, and federal regulations
- Proper licensing permits
- Proper modification certification (if applicable)
- Motor vehicle inspections, as required by local, state, and federal regulations
- Pre-trip safety briefing—given verbally or by video, as per individual state regulations—that encourages passengers to fasten their seatbelts; in larger vehicles, briefings may also detail emergency exits and any applicable safety procedures
The NLA is committed to raising existing accepted standards in safety, reliability, and service across the ground transportation industry.
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