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    Not long ago the NLA hot issue was action which would of resulted in trip tickets & contracts being placed in a category of "through ticketing".

    The purpose was to mandate through acceptance of contractual obligations as through ticketing that airport transfers would be deemed interstate commerce & therefore operators would be exempt from paying overtime.

    As I on this forum pointed out, this would also relieve many operators, especially those not physically based in metro areas holding the transportation hubs, from local regulation & in many cases, repetetive economic regulation.

    Based on this, the TLPA limousine division announced that they would not seek the through ticketing change with a "cat out of hat" announcement that the TLPA & NLA has agreed to jointly seek to amend the RIDE Act that if successful would prohibit airports receiving federal funding from charging transportation services fees for picking up passengers at airports inconsistent with fees charged to the general public.

    This amendment which will cost airports untold millions, will have zero effect on jurisdictions now or in the future from leveling economic regulation upon transportation services entering to load passengers at the transportation hubs.

    So what is the motivating factor for the NLA to pull the through ticketing which would of freed up who knows how many from multiple local jurisdictional economic regulation?

    With it settled in the courts that prearranged transportation from interstate hubs is deemed to be within the stream of interstate commerce. Would the through ticketing been easier to go after as simply a administrative change v. amending a federal law that will cost airports millions?

    Did greed coupled with fear of increased competition drive this decision?

    Will this Nation's Airports simply roll over as the mighty NLA & TLPA lobby to pull millions from the airport coffers?
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    It's all politics.

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    Originally posted by Blue Diamond:
    It's all politics.
    Agreed, and just like corrupt politicians, the NLA relies on the ignorance of the people to fund the group while the lobbyist & big business dictates the direction.

    Only difference, good or bad at least politicians get something accomplished. The NLA has a dismal track record for its 20+ years in existence. In fact, if it wasn't for the backing of the TLPA, the NLA wouldn't have any scores on the boards & the TLPA even takes credit for that.
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    I believe Thru Ticketing is still on the menu. Not sure of the timeline-I will check.
    Dean Schuler

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    Originally posted by Dean Schuler:
    I believe Thru Ticketing is still on the menu. Not sure of the timeline-I will check.
    If it is, don't tell the TLPA. Last thing cabbies want are limos not subject to local economic regulatories. The NLA is not ballsy enough to stand up to the Taxicab Lobby!

    Plus, the NLA would not reach a consensus with local limo associations whose leadership benefits from economic regulation & market entry restrictions.

    As of now & so cited in case law, the courts look at the interstate commerce issue on case-by-case basis and the expense of fighting through the courts for a ruling has resulted in most operators just coughing up the cash & paying the extortionist.

    If "thru-ticketing" language is changed to include trip tickets, contracts etc. & operator's are exempt from paying OT under the agreement that intrastate transportation connecting with interstate hubs are deemed within the stream of interstate commerce, then locals lose their authority to apply economic regulation and such makes the courts jobs on ruling much easier.
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    Speaking only for myself I believe the answer would cover pertinent priories.
    Originally posted by gunny:
    Not long ago the NLA hot issue was action which would of resulted in trip tickets & contracts being placed in a category of "through ticketing".

    The purpose was to mandate through acceptance of contractual obligations as through ticketing that airport transfers would be deemed interstate commerce & therefore operators would be exempt from paying overtime.

    As I on this forum pointed out, this would also relieve many operators, especially those not physically based in metro areas holding the transportation hubs, from local regulation & in many cases, repetetive economic regulation.

    Based on this, the TLPA limousine division announced that they would not seek the through ticketing change with a "cat out of hat" announcement that the TLPA & NLA has agreed to jointly seek to amend the RIDE Act that if successful would prohibit airports receiving federal funding from charging transportation services fees for picking up passengers at airports inconsistent with fees charged to the general public.

    This amendment which will cost airports untold millions, will have zero effect on jurisdictions now or in the future from leveling economic regulation upon transportation services entering to load passengers at the transportation hubs.

    So what is the motivating factor for the NLA to pull the through ticketing which would of freed up who knows how many from multiple local jurisdictional economic regulation?

    With it settled in the courts that prearranged transportation from interstate hubs is deemed to be within the stream of interstate commerce. Would the through ticketing been easier to go after as simply a administrative change v. amending a federal law that will cost airports millions?

    Did greed coupled with fear of increased competition drive this decision?

    Will this Nation's Airports simply roll over as the mighty NLA & TLPA lobby to pull millions from the airport coffers?
    Dean Schuler

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    Seems as though the Florida Limousine Association down Miami way is working with a Tallahassee Lobbyist on the overtime issue.
    If the NLA was persuing this on the National Level it would stand to reason NLA Director Boroday (the FLA Treasurer) would be banking on the Feds with transfers deemed interstate commerce vice whatever they're going to try & pull on the state level.

    1st these clowns get local politicos to restrain trade with market entry restrictions & now want to get the state to restrain driver's OT created by a lack of competition. Pure Bullshit!

    It must be pointed out, here is a Florida limo association/ NLA Director attempting to fatten their wallets even more by denying workers overtime wages yet will not fight for state registration to protect all travelers regardless of locale & keep inter-county transportation free from excessive regulation .

    Note: There are 2 NLA Directors in this part of Florida
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    A follow up on Miami seeking to eliminate OT for driver's. After reviewing the "Pricing Controls" set in ordinance & applied to private businesses, I can see the concern with having to pay OT:

    Sedans - Hourly $40 per with a 2 hour minimum, point-to-point $70 & APs $70 to $90 depending on trip origination location with additional stops at $40 per hour or fraction of.

    Stretch limos - Hourly $55 with a 3 hour minimum, point-to-point $95, AP $75 with additional stops at $45 per hour or fraction of.

    Super Stretch - Hourly $65 with a 3 hour minimum & $95 for a point-to-point

    Market entry for sedans is capped. State law prohibits pricing controls on private businesses unless provided for by General Law so here is one violation. The Stretches are deemed buses under Fl Law & the pricing controls on charters most likely could be challenged under the Federal Preemption.

    This price fixing is regulated by the Consumer Services Department. I see no service to the consumer with this price fixing & lack of competition.

    Yes, I can understand the angina caused by paying Driver's OT in Miami.
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