Monday, October 28, 2013

LANJ Discusses DOT, Super Bowl and NYC Mayoral Race

Over 80 members were in attendance for the Limousine Association of New Jersey’s Sept. 18 luncheon meeting, many of them standing due to the unexpectedly large turnout.

A board meeting preceded the luncheon, and one of the main topics of discussion centered on recent actions by the U.S. DOT. Tim Rose, owner of Flyte Tyme Worldwide Transportation and president of LANJ, said that out of 16 companies recently inspected by the DOT, Flyte Tyme was the only one that passed. “The DOT is becoming stricter on their rules and regulations with limousine operators,” he said. “For example, Sprinters coming into New York City have been getting stopped outside the Lincoln Tunnel to make sure they are within their 11-passenger limit.”

Other topics included New York City’s commercial motor vehicle tax and mayoral race, and New Jersey 
jitney legislation. At the luncheon meeting itself, a number of guests and members gave presentations. Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Director Diane Papaianni addressed the meeting regarding this year’s Super Bowl at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, discussing courses of action and game day logistics. Derek Peske of CTEK, a battery systems company, explained that he is networking within our industry, as he believes there is a strong opportunity for operators to utilize battery-operated products in buses to avoid keeping engines running. And Cadillac’s Jim Connelly gave an update of Cadillac’s upcoming vehicles—specifically the 2014 XTS and the highly anticipated 2015 Escalade, which was previewed Oct. 8 in New York City.

For more information on LANJ, visit www.lanj.org. //LD


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