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LCT Publisher & Show Chair Sara Eastwood-Richardson (LCT photo)
Page 1 of 2 LCT Publisher & Show Chair Sara Eastwood-Richardson (LCT photo) LAS VEGAS — An improving economy and new technologies can create more opportunities, but how well an operator meets customer expectations determines success, according to the annual 2017 ...
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Dallas skyline (Wikimedia Commons photo)
Dallas skyline (Wikimedia Commons photo) NEW YORK — GroundLink, a global black car service that combines 24/7 customer service with leading technology to deliver safe, reliable transportation in major cities around the world, has launched its Ride Now app-based, on-demand service to the Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area.The servi...
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U.S. leisure and hospitality job hiring has surged in recent months with 55,000 such jobs added in April. U.S. leisure and hospitality jobs grew 155% in April 2017, compared with the year-ago period, making it the fastest growing category for the month. Skift.com article here...
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New Jersey operator Tim O’Brien with his two dogs, Max and Pudgie.
New Jersey operator Tim O’Brien with his two dogs, Max and Pudgie. Dress codes: A colored button down shirt, no tie, and dress pants. “I think it’s silly to ask drivers to put on the ‘cookie cutter’ black tie and white dress shirt to pick someone up at the airport, ...
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2015 Summit Cocktail Making Contest winners with the Ed Bobit Cup, named after the late founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, owner of LCT Magazine and the Summit.
2015 Summit Cocktail Making Contest winners with the Ed Bobit Cup, named after the late founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, owner of LCT Magazine and the Summit. MIAMI BEACH, Fla. --- Two of the most popular social activities return to this year's LCT Leadership Summit, May 22-24, promising a fun competitive outlet...
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New Assistant Editor Lexi Tucker
New Assistant Editor Lexi Tucker TORRANCE, Calif. -- New assistant editor of LCT Magazine Lexi Tucker has officially stepped up as coordinator of the LCT Fast 40, a group for rising industry stars about or around 40 years old – and under. This group was created for young operators to collaborate and learn from each other abo...
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Jorge and Rocio Sanchez, co-owners of Hermes Worldwide Transporation of Denver, Col., recently acquired Integrity Worldwide Transportation of Commerce City, Col., forming the second largest corporate ground transporation service in the state. (Photo courtesy of Jorge Sanchez/Hermes)
Jorge and Rocio Sanchez, co-owners of Hermes Worldwide Transporation of Denver, Col., recently acquired Integrity Worldwide Transportation of Commerce City, Col., forming the second largest corporate ground transporation service in the state. (Photo courtesy of Jorge Sanchez/Hermes) DENVER — Hermes Worldwide closed a deal Ap...
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OWOSSO, Mich. – At a cost of $2.8 million Indian Trails, Inc., has added five new full-size motorcoaches to its fleet available for group charters and tours. The safety features of the five new 2016 Prevost H3-45 coaches include an electronic stability system that enables drivers to avoid danger on slippery roads; an engine fire-detection and suppr...
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One of the best things about Uber is when you arrive at your destination, you can just wish the driver a good day and get out of the car. No fumbling with your wallet, no calculating tips, no waiting for the credit card to go through, no juggling a pen, no asking for a receipt. It’s a seamless transaction. The company charges your credit card and e...
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It’s standard fare for a celeb to arrive to a red carpet event in a limousine — but what about when her gown is so massive, it won’t even fit inside one? Such was the case at the Met Gala for at least three of the stars in attendance: actresses Claire Danes and Kate Hudson, and supermodel Karolina Kurkova. So how did they get there? In massive Merc...
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Sometimes you call an Uber, and what you thought would be an $8 ride is going to be two, three, even four times more — the result of greater demand brought on by a blizzard, or a baseball game. Whatever the reason, surge pricing is not fun. It turns out Uber is working to fix it — or, should we say, end it. The move likely will be great for riders,...
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When Fariz Turkmani arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City in 1979, he spoke no English, had no change in his pocket to call a friend, and didn’t even know how to dial an American telephone number. But the kindness of strangers made the difference. “I put a dollar in my hand and showed people like I had to break it,” recalled Turkmani ...
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I work for a family business. The late Edward Bobit founded the parent company of LCT Magazine in 1961 after he left McGraw Hill Publishing. His story is noteworthy. A salesman to the core, he had a Jerry McGuire moment. The aha moment happened when he went to his company to present a great idea — a start-up trade magazine for the automotive fleet ...
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LOS ANGELES — I’ve gotten used to LCT trade shows and conferences by now, where I can always raid a deep silo of topics to write about. This month brings another LCT Leadership Summit in Miami Beach, my eighth one, and my personal favorite among LCT events, for reasons obvious to anyone who has ever attended. Summits and shows underscore how my job...
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Members of the American Bus Association converge on Capitol Hill Wednesday, May 4 to meet with Congressional representatives and their staffs do discuss legislative and regulary matters related to the motorcoach, charter and tour industries. In this file shot from July 2013, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, (L) meets with ABA officials Clyde Hart, Daniel Hoff, Greg Cohen, Bob Schwarz and Peter Pantuso.
Members of the American Bus Association converge on Capitol Hill Wednesday, May 4 to meet with Congressional representatives and their staffs do discuss legislative and regulary matters related to the motorcoach, charter and tour industries. In this file shot from July 2013, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrast...
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OAKLYN, N.J. --- With prom season entering prime time in May, any student group who lands this minibus would be destined to be voted Prom Limo Kings & Queens. The pop quiz question on this 32-passenger Ford F-650 made by Tiffany Coachworks would be: What doesn't it have? Equipped with a bathroom, luggage compartment, disco ceiling, and 165,000 ...
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Uber has agreed to pay the National Federation of the Blind $225,000 over three years to settle a lawsuit alleging discrimination against blind riders, the company said April 29. The settlement, which is still pending approval from a judge, also requires Uber to notify drivers they must provide transport to customers with service animals. Should a ...
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The Cadillac CT6 uses a driver's seat vibration to warn drivers who are backing out of a parking space that they are at risk of coming into contact with another vehicle. That's just one of an arsenal of available safety features, including everything from pedestrian detection with auto braking to more cameras than MGM. Those cameras not only provid...
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DEARBORN, Mich. -- The 2017 Lincoln Continental offers customers the additional luxury of a warm and inviting welcome with Lincoln’s signature Approach Detection technology. Lincoln first unveiled its Approach Detection technology on the first-ever 2015 MKC. This technology enables the vehicle to sense when the driver, carrying the key fob, comes w...
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If the already luxurious Cadillac Escalade isn't quite enough, California coachbuilder Lexani Motorcars has a new option: The piano-inspired Escalade Sky Captain. Decked out in black and white inside, with hints of 24 carat gold trim, the Sky Captain is designed to evoke private air travel down to its deployable tray tables.  Two quilted leather-cl...
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The ESV is the longer version of the Escalade, and if you were to purchase one in top spec with 4WD, you'd spend upwards of $95,945 on it before you'd even touch the options list. Fully loaded, it'll cost you about $99,000 in Platinum trim. Dr. Dre took the Escalade ESV and stretched it out even further, while making it taller, adding a custom stru...
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Narcissistic. Lazy. Coddled. These are terms often used to describe Millennials, now ages 18 to 34. They’re politically correct, entitled, and want a medal just for showing up…right? If this is the picture you’ve painted in your head, then it’s time for a reality check.   Vanessa Karamitros, 29, is co-owner of Prestige Transportation, LLC and defie...
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Hyde Beach pool at SLS South Beach Hotel.
Hyde Beach pool at SLS South Beach Hotel. MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — While Leadership Summits provide the latest information on industry trends, the other half of the event revolves around recreation and networking. The 2016 LCT Leadership Summit at the SLS South Beach Hotel, May 22-24, includes a variety of parties and gatherings,...
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Just because Uber is trying to be like a limousine company doesn’t mean we, as an industry, should be having sleepless nights and restructuring our entire business plan to be like them or, to put it simply, to be an “on-demand” industry. Because if having well-maintained vehicles, professional looking drivers who have been vetted, adequate ins...
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The performance of your car depends to a large extent on you well you maintain it. Your negligence toward car-maintenance could result in your car breaking down sooner than it should. With repair and servicing costs being so high, you could be left with spending considerable amount of money just to get your car working normally again. Well, you can...
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Jeff Shanker
RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation is proud to welcome Jeffrey Shanker as General Manager and Gidgette (Gigi) Bridgers as Director of Finance. Jeff ShankerGigi Bridgers Shanker will be responsible for operations and logistics management at RMA. He joins the team after spending 14 years as Executive Vice President at A-1 Limousine in Princet...
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Shahnam Asbaghi said the incident began on the 405 Freeway. “This limousine Yukon driver was just tailgating me the whole time...I actually got scared and nervous so I exited early," he said. After exiting the freeway, Asbaghi said the Yukon driver rear-ended him. "...
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A judge refused April 5 to allow the owner of a Manchester, NH limousine service to stand trial for violating the city’s taxicab ordinance, instead placing the violation on file and telling Gerald Mandelbaum to get a city license if he wants to run a taxi business. It was an inconclusive end to a case that began in 2013 when police charged Mandelba...
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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick In a small victory for the on-demand transportation company, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said it would allow Uber to appeal a District Court order that certified a class of nearly 160,000 drivers in California. In its appeal, attorneys representing Uber argued that drivers for the r...
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A chauffeur from Charfield in the United Kingdom is considering legal action against a garage after his dash cam picked up footage of a mechanic taking his £40,000 Mercedes for a joy ride. The video, uploaded to Youtube by David Argust, shows a mechanic driving dangerously and breaking the speed limit nine times while taking the new E300 AMG out of...
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Lyons Limousine of Edgerton, WI to immediately cease all intrastate and interstate operations after a federal investigation. According to the report, a federal compliance review conducted found the company was in violation of multiple federal safety regu...
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Austin-Travis County EMS say at least two people were injured after three people fell out of a party bus near Lake Travis. Emergency responders believe someone may have opened an emergency exit on the bus while it was driving. EMS officials responded just before 10:00pm April 2 and transported two patients to the Round Rock Medical Center. One pati...
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According to the suit, Kalanick, through the use of the Uber algorithm which determines rates and surge pricing charges in real-time, effectively conspired with the company’s army of drivers in an elaborate price fixing scheme. BGR article here
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Why So Important? During the past 15 years, companies such as Yelp and TripAdvisor have changed the way consumers choose businesses and vendors. In fact, Brightlocal.com, a company that monitors online consumer activity, conducted a survey in 2015 that revealed nine...
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The X7 limousine would cost more than $100,000, and buyers could expect all the luxury amenities Munich has to offer.
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Antoinette Flowers started A Delightful Tour after she took her 16-year-old son and his friends out to a restaurant for his birthday. When she could tell they weren't having fun, she put her business skills to work and came up wiht the idea of purchasing a party bus.  Flowers said her bus caters to weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birth...
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Chosen Payments staff (left to right): Vincent Crivello, VP, Derek Maxell, Chief Technology Officer, Sarah McKee, VIP Client Manager, Jeff Brodsly, President, Katie Martinez, Account Manager, Jim Luff, Marketing Manager
Chosen Payments staff (left to right): Vincent Crivello, VP, Derek Maxell, Chief Technology Officer, Sarah McKee, VIP Client Manager, Jeff Brodsly, President, Katie Martinez, Account Manager, Jim Luff, Marketing Manager Chosen Payments, a recognized name in livery c...
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The old Lincoln Town Car: Never loses its allure or shape. Fall in love all over again!
The old Lincoln Town Car: Never loses its allure or shape. Fall in love all over again! LANCASTER, Texas -- Limo operators really, really like the old Town Cars. When we posted a used 2004 Lincoln Town Car as the pick of the week in February, the response was wilder than any previous one. It proves the limousine industry's l...
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A Cadillac XT9 ultra-SUV could top this 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV, the highest-rung mass SUV in the chauffeured vehicle market. (LCT file photo)
A Cadillac XT9 ultra-SUV could top this 2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV, the highest-rung mass SUV in the chauffeured vehicle market. (LCT file photo) While the market turns to crossovers and SUVs, with some analysts predicting a permanent shift, Cadillac is looking to get serious in the luxury SUV space. AutoGuide reports the br...
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At the grand Lincoln-Continental unveiling Feb. 29, 2016 during the International LCT Show in Las Vegas, Nev. 
At the grand Lincoln-Continental unveiling Feb. 29, 2016 during the International LCT Show in Las Vegas, Nev.  According to Automotive News, Lincoln has a list of about 40,000 people who have expressed interest in the brand's upcoming Continental sedan. While that may sound paltry next to the 250,000 people or so who have so...
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A new BMW X7 crossover would be larger and more luxurious than this current X5.
A new BMW X7 crossover would be larger and more luxurious than this current X5. That BMW is planning an X7 crossover is nothing new. The company needs a three-row model to cap its crossover range and take on the Mercedes GLS and Audi Q7, and the current X5 can only take it so far. But according to Automotive News, the Bavari...
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At 204 inches long, the Cadillac CT6 is noticeably longer and wider than such other midsize premium sedans as the Audi A7 and Mercedes E-Class, but it remains several inches shorter (with less of a luxury edge inside) than proper town cars like the Mercedes S-Class or Audi A8. Bloomberg News item here...
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Customer Service Strategies: All About You Limousines co-owners Andre and Karen Gaughan believe in always answering the phone, live. “You’re not going to get a voicemail or answering service. You’re going to talk directly to myself or Karen,” Andre says. They make t...
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Chosen Payments LCT Leadership Summit Video - Operations - LCT Magazine ...
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DETROIT -- Metro Cars, the familiar car service at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, is turning to rival Uber’s model for hailing rides to and from the airport. The company announced Thursday it’s launched a new mobile app and Chauffeur Direct service, which lets passengers book a ride directly. Detroit News article here...
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Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Jason Bradley said the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are inspecting and auditing Lyons Limousine, the company that employed 20-year-old Aaron Nash, of Janesville, Wis. Bradley told News 3 on Friday that according to the NTSB, the vehicle had a 12-passenger ...
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A Boston taxicab with association logo.
A Boston taxicab with association logo. BOSTON -- A federal judge on March 31 gave Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration six months to revise the way it regulates taxis and ride-hailing firms like Uber and Lyft, part of an ongoing legal and political battle still shaping the way the two industries operate. U.S. District Jud...
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A news photographer captured the moment President Ronald Reagan was shot on March, 30, 1981 outside the Washington, D.C. Hilton Hotel as he headed toward his Presidential limousine, now on display at a Michigan museum.
A news photographer captured the moment President Ronald Reagan was shot on March, 30, 1981 outside the Washington, D.C. Hilton Hotel as he headed toward his Presidential limousine, now on display at a Michigan museum. The Lincoln limousine with the wounded man inside raced away from the Washington Hilton Hotel. Atop the man...
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Philadelphia 2016 = Chicago 1968? The DNC might gag on the gig economy.
Philadelphia 2016 = Chicago 1968? The DNC might gag on the gig economy. Philadelphia taxi, limo and Uber Black drivers said Monday they plan to boycott this summer’s Democratic National Convention unless lawmakers address Lyft and UberX services that have allegedly operated illegally in the city since 2014. Fox News item her...
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Seattle city leaders are considering mandating local tour buses have both a driver and a guide on board. The proposed changes come in the wake of a deadly accident involving a 'Ride the Ducks' tour vehicle in September. Five people were killed and dozens more were injured when the vehicle collided with a charter bus carrying college students. The '...
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MADISON, Wis. -- Documents from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration list no active insurance on file for the Lyons Limousine Company, which was involved in a fatal crash on March 25. The documents list $0 of a required $1.5 million in active bodily injury and property damage insurance. According to the FMSCA documents, the company liste...
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Photo via Premier Transportation
Photo via Premier Transportation Premier Transportation helped save some passengers that were stranded when a plane with a mechanical problem had to land in Chattanooga, Tenn.  Premier staff got on the company's GPS and found some coaches that were available to pick up the passengers and take them to their destination. For t...
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Photo provided by Alexander Rhalimi campaign.
Photo provided by Alexander Rhalimi campaign. BOSTON — Alexander Rhalimi, CEO of Casablanca Coach Worldwide, has officially announced his candidacy for Suffolk County Sheriff. The 20-year Boston resident is running in the Democratic primary election on Sept. 8. The main election is Nov. 8. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Depart...
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MTG Florida LLC, DBA Dav El Miami has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the assets of Worldwide Transportation in Miami, FL. The company will be called Dav El of Miami. The Miami Lakes company was founded in 2001 and provides transportation services to an array of corporate and event clients. It has a fleet of over 70 vehicles and ...
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Most operators are data-rich: we know names, addresses, credit cards and emails. We protect this information to guard our business reputations and our clients’ commitment to us. C-suite executives and families with children need a deep level of trust to share personal cell phone and gate codes. Just letting a company know a house is empty for an ov...
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CATEGORY: Employee Showcase CONTRIBUTOR: Atlantic Aviation Lauren Lawrence, a customer service rep at Atlantic Boca Raton (BCT), has loved animals since she was little when she got her first cat. Since then, she’s owned a menagerie of animals, including her current ...
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TomTom recently released the results of the TomTom Traffic Index 2016, the annual report detailing the cities around the world with the most traffic congestion. The big news this year is Istanbul has been knocked off the top spot by Mexico City. Drivers in the Mexic...
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[NOTE: This article is a promotion from LCT Magazine] TORRANCE, Calif. -- LCT's annual Fact Book & Industry Buyers Guide, packed with industry research stats and lists of suppliers and groups, provides a high-profile showcase of product and service advertisers w...
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (middle, back) with his friends aboard the LGE Coachworks-made, Gronk Bus, a 20-passenger party bus with custom acrylic lighting and large flat-screen TVs.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (middle, back) with his friends aboard the LGE Coachworks-made, Gronk Bus, a 20-passenger party bus with custom acrylic lighting and large flat-screen TVs. RANDOLPH, Mass. -- Throughout history buses have served a specific purpose. Sometimes they were used to make a social statem...
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Page 1 of 2 Global affiliate networks such as Music Express, BostonCoach and Commonwealth Worldwide farm orders to small operators in small cities every day. Less frequently, local clients often ask small-fleet operators to provide transportation in another city. Is this an easy process?...
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Page 1 of 2 In an industry where profit margins for most operators are often thin, controlling costs should be a priority in keeping as much of what you earn as possible.“I’d venture to say that if you were to get 100 limo operators in a room — from the new guy with one vehicle to the op...
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BOSTON – Marcou Transportation Group has agreed to sell its Harrison Global dba BostonCoach in the Raleigh-Durham market to longtime partner, Academy Bus. Academy Bus began operating in the Raleigh-Durham market over a year ago with a fleet of 30 full-size motorcoaches. Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.  “After a 40 year relationshi...
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The United Motorcoach Association (UMA), in an effort to nationally recognize one outstanding motorcoach company annually, has honored Storer Transportation of San Francisco with its 2016 Vision Award (Large Operator Category). This award is given to one company in the nation who embodies the vision and commitment to lead the motorcoach industry in...
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Two charter buses carrying military personnel collided on Interstate 35W in north Fort Worth on March 19. Police spokeswoman Cpl. Tracey Knight said while there were no major injuries, 10 people were taken to local hospitals for observation -- eight from the buses and two from a passenger car that was also involved in the accident. There were a tot...
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Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology imagined a scenario where cars communicate with each other using sensors. The sensors can tell the cars how far to stay away from one another while on the road. The study outlines a mathematical model similar to how people board airplanes to illustrate how cars have their own "slot" on the road, ...
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The van comes with premium seating pedestals, which means all seats are removable, and seats can be individually reversed or removed. Imagine the possibilities.
The van comes with premium seating pedestals, which means all seats are removable, and seats can be individually reversed or removed. Imagine the possibilities. ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The limousine industry boasts a greater variety of chauffeured fleet vehicles than ever before, although the heydays of Town Car and Cadillac sedan...
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BMW showed off this new Vision Future Luxury Concept in Beijing in April 2014.
BMW showed off this new Vision Future Luxury Concept in Beijing in April 2014. BMW executives hinted at a new product sitting above the 7 Series luxury limousine. The rumored model has been mentioned in the past few months but different sources with the 8 and 9 Series badge names being thrown around. The flagship BMW aims to...
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Chauffeured clients in self-driving vehicles could pick any chauffeur-type they wanted.
Chauffeured clients in self-driving vehicles could pick any chauffeur-type they wanted. REMEMBER Johnny Cab, the autonomous taxi in the original Total Recall film? Or the first time we saw Princess Leia in the original Star Wars film? Somebody at Bentley clearly does, with this sketch hinting at the brand’s far distant drive...
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2016 Cadillac CT6
2016 Cadillac CT6 The second-generation Chevrolet Volt is important not only as a high-volume plug-in hybrid, but also because components from its Voltec powertrain are designed to be used in other GM models. Last year, General Motors unveiled the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, with a powertrain very similar to the Volt's. Ar...
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Throughout history buses have served a specific purpose. Sometimes they were used to make a social statement (Ken Kesey’s “Psychedelic Bus”), or to market pop culture (TV’s “Partridge Family” bus), or to educate our children (“The Magic School Bus”). But every now and then a bus comes along for one simple purpose…. to have FUN! As big and in-your-f...
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LA Mayor calls for TNC background checks after alleged rape by Uber driver.
LA Mayor calls for TNC background checks after alleged rape by Uber driver. MARLTON, N.J.—The National Limousine Association (NLA) recently issued a statement supporting Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who called for fingerprint and background checks of TNC drivers following the arrest of an Uber driver for the alleged rape...
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The 2016 BMW 750i xDrive is positioned to go head-to-head against the Mercedes S-Class.
Page 1 of 2 The 2016 BMW 750i xDrive is positioned to go head-to-head against the Mercedes S-Class. BMW has upped the ante in the ultra-luxury sedan class with its all-new 7 Series models ready to go head-to-head with the Mercedes Benz S-Class, and any other automaker that wants to fight it o...
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Omar Mahmoud Mousa, 52, of Anaheim, CA, appeared in court March 17 where his bail was set at $100,000, said Roxi Fyad, spokeswoman of the Orange County district attorney’s office. His arraignment is scheduled for April 8. Mousa was taken into custody March 7 at the Los Angeles International Airport on an arrest warrant after he returned to the coun...
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LANJ President Jason Sharenow updated association members on TNC battles, including a victory at Newark Penn Station.
LANJ President Jason Sharenow updated association members on TNC battles, including a victory at Newark Penn Station. PRINCETON, N.J. — An update on TNCs and airport regulations was the main topic covered during the quarterly lunch meeting of the Limousine Association of New Jersey (LANJ), held Wednesday, March 16 at the NJ...
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Seattle Passenger Alleges Uber Driver Tried To Rape Her: King County prosecutors say SeaTac resident Dereje Y. Kebede sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman after picking her up in Seattle in March 2015. An arrest warrant is outstanding for Kebede, 40. Kebede is all...
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The Genesis range has decided to grow both literally and figuratively with the introduction of the new EQ900L in South Korea.  The model is an extended wheelbase variant of the EQ900/G90 model and packs the same design wrapped in the needed modifications to handle the new proportions derided from the bigger rear doors and beefier B-pillar. The seda...
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According to Donald Trump in his book, The Art of the Deal, “A decision has been made to go into production on two Cadillac-body limousines using my name. The Trump Golden Series will be the most opulent stretch limousine made. The Trump Executive Series will be a slightly less lavish version of the same car....Neither one has yet come off the line...
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This is an urgent time to defend the industry against TNCs, says Jason Kaplan, new NLA board director.
This is an urgent time to defend the industry against TNCs, says Jason Kaplan, new NLA board director. Two operators took first-time seats on the National Limousine Association Board of Directors during the NLA’s quarterly board of directors meeting Sunday, Feb. 28 before the start of the International LCT Show in Las Vegas....
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[Editor’s Note: This is the second part of an LCT exclusive “Industry Uber Impact Study.” The study results were published in the February issue, pp. 28-31. Respondents included a cross-section of large-, medium- and small-fleet operators with 64.6% reporting fleet sizes from one to 10 vehicles.] ...
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KANKAKEE, Ill. -- This new 2015 Ford F-550 Mini Bus Limo by Battisti Customs is ready for transporting party animals and members of the corporate jungle alike. The vehicle, now available at limoforsale.com, touts a super duty chassis, 6.8L V10 gasoline engine, and automatic overdrive transmission. At $105,225 and 250 miles, the only action this veh...
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Uber driver Jason Dalton accused of Kalamazoo mass murder spree.
Uber driver Jason Dalton accused of Kalamazoo mass murder spree. New York— In an effort to learn more about the thoughts and opinions of the general public following the horrific shooting spree by an on-duty Uber driver in Michigan last month, the National Limousine Association (NLA) issued a nationwide survey on the subjec...
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Click here to see the infographic (Courtesy of LA Stretch Limo)
It's time to break out the champagne. Rolls-Royce turns 110 years old this year, and we've posted a detailed history of the iconic brand in the form of an infographic to celebrate. Click the link below the photo to get schooled on how the company came to be. The it...
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February 2016 saw a new record number of customer deliveries with a total of 163,965 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered to customers around the world, an increase of 7.9% on the same month last year. In the year-to-date, 316,846 units have been sold, an increase of 7.7% compared with the same period last year. The Chauffeur article here...
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The mid-sized prestige saloon segment of the chauffeur driven car market is very hotly contested, with the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class setting the class bar very high. That said, Mercedes has always come out on top with clients in terms of prestige, and with the arrival of the all-new E-Class (W213), the three-pointed star pulls...
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The A8 has some seriously tough rivals in the shape of the younger, fresher Mercedes-Benz S-class and BMW 7-series. There’s also Jaguar’s XJ to contend with – so if the A8’s to come out on top, it’s going to take more than just VIP passengers. Telegraph's Alex Robbins gives the vehicle a 6/10: "The A8 is a perfectly lovely thing to drive and to be ...
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Car dealer David Flynn recently visited the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to grab his Caddy CT6.
Car dealer David Flynn recently visited the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to grab his Caddy CT6. The 2016 Cadillac CT6 is nearly ready to launch in the United States, but the winner of the first production 2016 Cadillac CT6 has taken delivery of the first example. Last April, Car dealer David Flynn of Columbiana, Ohio, bi...
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NEW YORK -- Vamoose Bus, the intercity bus company that moves more than 7,000 travelers a week between the Washington, D.C. area and midtown Manhattan, this week added scheduled Business-class Gold Bus service runs. Starting soon, travelers can board a Vamoose Gold Bus in Arlington, Va., at 6 a.m. with a single pick-up stop in Bethesda, Md., and ar...
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Just in time for South By Southwest, a new chauffeur-backed ride-hailing company has launched in Austin to compete with the city's taxis and transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft. The service is called zTrip, which is a ride-hailing software platform developed by TransDev North America, a division of Paris-based TransDev. Transport...
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The IDC app makes drug testing your employees easy and cost effective. 
The IDC app makes drug testing your employees easy and cost effective.  While transportation networking companies (TNCs) are natural rivals of the chauffeured transportation industry, one standard should never be in question: safer transportation with drug tested drivers. The tragic Kalamazoo, Mich., Uber driver shootings an...
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Emergency Number For Uber Customers Exists, But Is Nearly Impossible To Find: Uber has an emergency phone number for passengers and drivers to get in touch with a human employee at the ride-hail company, according to a report in Inc. Thursday. The number, which has...
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Lenore D’Anzieri, chief strategy officer for Limo Alliance.
Lenore D’Anzieri, chief strategy officer for Limo Alliance. WAYNE, N.J. — Like many ground transportation company owners, Raj Grewal struggled to adjust to some of the newer technology that was supposed to help him work more efficiently. While he was using good software, it brought challenges. Eventually, he would solve this...
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Profit Driven financial columnist Ron Sorci, former CFO of Aventura Worldwide Transportation in Miami.
Profit Driven financial columnist Ron Sorci, former CFO of Aventura Worldwide Transportation in Miami. COLUMN DEBUT: It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I introduce my column for LCT Magazine, appropriately called Profit Driven. I would like to show you better ways of growing revenues and making money, drawing from my...
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Gratuities have always had a solid presence in the transportation industry from cabbies to chauffeurs and bus drivers. It is rumored that to offer someone “tips” was an act To Insure Prompt Service, or TIPS, as it became known. It was intended to reward exceptional service rather than be a compulsory payment. Today, people wonder if it is appropria...
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Buying choices everywhere at the 2016 International LCT Show. Know how to shop.
Buying choices everywhere at the 2016 International LCT Show. Know how to shop. LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Like nothing else, the International LCT Show concentrates and distills the sum total of the global chauffeured transportation industry into three packed days and nights. You find it all here: Just about every vehicle, product, ...
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How many women were raped as a result of Uber rides between December 2012 and August 2015: five or 5,827? Those numbers aren’t even in the same ballpark, but a March 6 BuzzFeed article has left users of transportation network company app trying to make sense of the gulf between them. Slate.com article here...
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If a driverless car causes an accident, who ends up having to go to traffic school?
If a driverless car causes an accident, who ends up having to go to traffic school? The driverless Lexus SUV was going very slowly, according to reports. At the end of the video, you'll see the damage the driverless car suffered as a result of the collision. The accident occurred as the self-driving SUV attempted to merge in...
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A notice of proposed rulemaking by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, published March 7, would require drivers of school buses, public buses and motor coaches to obtain at least 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training, including at least seven hours on a driving practice range, to get a Class B commer...
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Uber Technologies spent more than $159,000 on lobbying in the state capital of Trenton in 2015, mostly  opposing a bill that would regulate its drivers, according to reports on the amount of money spent lobbying that were released this week by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. Limousine operators who compete with Uber drivers for ...
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What makes a car luxurious? Building a prestigious brand requires more than an awesome marketing team or a celebrity endorsement. From Porsche to Mercedes-Benz, Lincoln to Lexus, car makers have spent decades defining an elevated brand perception, and maintaining their high value cannot be left to loyalty and conservative thinking. The entrance of ...
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Cadillac’s naming strategy has involved a confusing bunch of letters – STS, ATS, CTS, DTS, XLR, ELR,, SRX, XTS. What do they mean? Head of General Motors Cadillac Divison Johan de Nysschen explains Cadillac’s new naming strategy like so: Cadillac needs to become a global brand. While loving the glamor and emotion tied to old Cadillac names like Eld...
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