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The legally licensed local passenger transportation for-hire industry supports a level playing field to ensure fair competition in the market place. Due to the community-based nature of local passenger transportation for-hire, the service is appropriately regulated at the state and local levels of government. TLPA doesn’t see a role in this issue for the federal government and would urge Congress not to create special exemptions or carve-outs for any portion of this industry, including taxicabs, limousines, airport shuttles or so-called “transportation network companies” (TNCs), sometimes inaccurately called “ridesharing companies.” Local competition should determine the winners, not Congress.
TLPA supports full labor union rights for employees in public transit. TLPA does not support the extraordinary super labor rights imposed on public transit agencies through the federal imposition of Section 5333(b) of the Federal Transit Act. The original purpose of Section 5333(b) was twofold: (1) to preserve the collective bargaining rights of private transit employees in public acquisitions financed with federal grants, and (2) to protect employees from the harm that might result from federally funded transit improvements, such as automation or technological changes. Unfortunately, the application of Section 5333(b) has extended its impact well beyond its original intent. It has become the key obstacle that has prevented many public transit agencies from even considering the economic benefit of competitive contracting. These super labor protections are no longer needed, and intrude into local decision-making and collective bargaining. TLPA supports Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and his legislation H.R. 1711, which repeals 5333(b), which is the only statute of its kind. Transit agencies should drive their budgets in compliance with normal ongoing union collective bargaining rights.
While the local passenger transportation for-hire industry has an exceptional safety record, we understand that all vehicle fleets and vehicle drivers can increase safety by adopting smart policies to reduce driving risks. TLPA is supportive of efforts to ban personal communication, but we urge Congress and the administration to explicitly recognize that state or locally licensed commercial drivers providing for-hire passenger transportation services should continue to have access to their dispatch service that is necessary for the ordinary conduct of their business of serving the public’s mobility needs — just as has already been done for federally licensed drivers of commercial motor vehicles. TLPA is waiting on the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue Phase II of its distracted driving guidelines, which could be out this spring, for comment. TLPA will submit comments when the guidelines are issued.
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