This year, the Taxicab,
Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) celebrates its 100th
anniversary, marking a century of representing the needs of for-hire
transportation companies that serve business travelers, tourists, people with
disabilities and other members of the general public—a proud legacy of service
that began with the iconic yellow taxicab during the first part of the 20th
You can do a lot in 100
years. You can weather a fuel crisis and two World Wars. You can install the
first taximeters and two-way radios in taxis. So, in honor of TLPA’s
anniversary, here are five things you probably didn’t know about the
1. John Hertz,
of Hertz Rent-a-Car, co-founded TLPA.
1917, a small group of taxi operators, including John Hertz, met in Washington,
D.C. to form the National Association of Taxicab Owners (NATO) in an effort to
block a proposed tax on taxi companies. The organization was successful.
Hertz, a Chicago
businessman, not only helped found TLPA, but is considered the father of the
iconic yellow cab. In the early 1900s, he asked a
local university to scientifically identify which color was the easiest to
spot, and when yellow took the top spot, he made his fleet of cabs the iconic
2. In 100
years, there have been only 99 annual conventions.
TLPA was founded in 1917, World War I travel restrictions prevented the
association, then called NATO, from hosting a national meeting until 1919.
3. TLPA has gone
by four different names.
mentioned, the founders of TLPA first called the association NATO. In 1942, the
American Taxicab Association (ATA) formed, and in 1966, it merged with NATO to
become the International Taxicab Association (ITA). The association underwent another
name change in 1990, when it became the International Taxicab & Livery
Association (ITLA). In October 2000, the association took a vote and became the
a lot of names.
4. TLPA is the
largest trade organization in the for-hire transportation industry.
maybe you knew that. But TLPA has more than 1,000 members operating over
100,000 vehicles, serving more than 900 million passengers every year.
5. Toronto is
the only non-U.S. city to host the Annual Convention & Trade Show.
1975, the ITA convention was held in Toronto, Canada, the first and only time
that the annual convention and trade show was held outside the U.S.
This year, the association
plans to mark its milestone 100th year at its Annual Convention
& Trade Show, which will take place Oct. 8-12 in Denver, Colorado, at the
Hyatt Regency Denver and the Denver Convention Center.