Fleet Operators from Across US Take to Capitol Hill, Calling for Fingerprinted Drivers and a Level Playing Field at Airports

(ROCKVILLE, Md.)—Transportation fleet operators from around the country met with federal lawmakers June 13 in Washington, DC, bringing with them messages urging safety measures on federal contracts and fair business practices at America’s airports.

Members of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) met with dozens of U.S. representatives, senators and staffers as part of the trade group’s annual Legislative Fly-In. Members focused discussions on two major issues for the industry.

First, members discussed the importance of requiring that drivers, providing transportation service funded in part by the federal government, submit to and pass a national fingerprint based background check.

More than 80 programs across the federal government are authorized to fund transportation services for individuals with disabilities, older adults, veterans, people with lower incomes and others who require alternatives to traditional public transportation services.

“The public must feel, at all times, that safety is the primary concern,” TLPA President Bill Scalzi said. “Proper biometric based background checks are the gold standard, and they definitively confirm that drivers are who they say they are. These checks can protect passengers from harm and serve as a deterrent to dangerous actions including everything from assaults to terrorist acts.”

TLPA President Bill Scalzi (Metro Taxi Connecticut) poses with Anthony Bedell, the deputy assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs in the U.S. Department of Transportation, who spoke at TLPA’s Legislative Fly-In.


TLPA CEO Al LaGasse and TLPA President Bill Scalzi pose outside the transportation and infrastructure committee room.


Second, members discussed the importance of ensuring a level playing field for transportation companies that provide service to America’s airports. Fees for airport access for such companies must be proportional to the use of such facilities, the members said.

In addition, if passengers cannot find a carrier because it lacks equal access to onsite facilities, or if operating rules favor one provider over another, then airports risk artifically distorting the market.

“If companies abide by the same safety rules and pay a fair fee for access to airports, then passengers will decide for themselves what is the best mode of transportation, rather than the airport tipping the scale in favor of one company over another,” Scalzi said.

These issues and others are the topics of discussion at upcoming TLPA events, including its past Mid-Year International Leadership Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, July 12-15, and the upcoming 99th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Denver, Colorado, October 8-12.

TLPA CEO Al LaGasse and TLPA President Bill Scalzi (Metro Taxi Connecticut) wait in Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s office. TLPA members met with their legislators on Capitol Hill to discuss issues related to the transportation industry.


From left to Right: Tom Arrighi (A&A Metro Transportation), Rep. Mimi Walters, and T.W. Arrighi, the communications director for Mimi Walters, pose for a photo during the TLPA Legislative Fly-In.


From left to right: Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, Roman Genov (Sky Transportation) TLPA CEO Al LaGasse, and TLPA President Bill Scalzi (Metro Taxi Connecticut) discuss the transportation industry during the TLPA Legislative Fly-In. Rep. Sessions thanked the TLPA for its work on transportation for the disabled because he has a disabled son.


From left to right: Robbie Werth (Diamond Transportation Services), Collin Davenport (legislative assistant for Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly), Charlie King (Red Top Cab) and Judy Swystun (Black & White Cabs) pose for a photo inside Rep. Gerry Connolly’s office during the TLPA Legislative Fly-In.


About TLPA:

Established in 1917, the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) is a non-profit trade association of and for the private passenger transportation industry. Its extensive membership spans the globe to include 1,000 taxicab companies, executive sedan and limousine services, airport shuttle fleets, non-emergency medical transportation companies, paratransit services, and industry vendors. For more information, please visit




















Click link boxes below to view advertisers website.