Friday, December 6, 2013

Robert Werth of Diamond Transportation Elected TLPA President

Robert Werth, President of the TLPA

Robert M. Werth, a paratransit leader with more than thirty years of experience in the industry, has taken the reins of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association. Sworn into office on October 30th at the TLPA's 95th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Boston, Werth has proposed a focused agenda of things he hopes to accomplish throughout his term as the association's new president.

Included in that agenda for the next year are Werth's goals of promoting the TLPA's online driver education program, as well as their Transportation on Patrol program. Additionally, Werth has challenged association members to raise $3 million for their charitable giving program called "Community Connections." He will also lead the TLPA in "fight[ing] for the rights of the licensed, regulated TLPA carrier," by advocating for a national criminal background check for drivers, and more generally, by promoting resistance against the tide of rogue transportation apps like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. 

Werth has owned and operated Diamond Transportation since its inception with a single vehicle in 1984. Diamond's fleet has since expanded to over 130 vehicles with nearly 230 employees serving over 300,000 passenger trips annually. Notably, Diamond has one of the largest wheelchair-accessible fleets in the mid-Atlantic region. Werth has also served as president (and currently vice-president) of the Virginia Taxicab Association, and is the current chair of the Private Providers Task Force for the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments. 

For more information about Robert Werth and the TLPA, visit www.tlpa.org.

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