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National Limousine Association VLA is a member of the National Limousine Association (NLA).

Next VLA Meeting:
TBA

VLA Activities

March 2009
Prom Pledge Parade

June 2008
NLA Day on the Hill

April 2008
Prom Pledge Parade

President
Paul Walsh
Superior Executive Transportation Services
e-mail

1st Vice-President
Barry Shapiro
Carey VIP Chauffeured Services
e-mail

2nd Vice-President
Henry Potter
Affinity Limousine
e-mail

Secretary
Randy Allen
James Limousine
e-mail

Treasurer
Pam Tripp
Tripp's Travel
e-mail

Sargeant-at-Arms
James Glover
Glover's Limousine
e-mail

VLA Mission
The Virginia Limousine Association's objective is to create and promote a stronger relationship and understanding between legal owner/operators, DMV, other government agencies and the public and to work toward the betterment of the limousine industry.

The Virginia Limousine Association is governed under the VLA Bylaws and ascribes to the VLA Code of Ethics in order to promote confidence and growth in the limousine industry across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The VLA is governed by a Board of Directors. VLA Board members serve one-year terms commencing with the announcement of election results in April of each calendar year.

Become a VLA Member!
Download 2012 VLA application here.

The VLA is looking for a few good owners to become professional members of the VLA The Virginia Limousine Association is looking for a few good owner/operators to join the most prestigious limousine industry business association in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Joining the Virginia Limousine Association will entitle you to benefits like access to suppliers and access to Web site classifieds, learning from the pooled knowledge base of colleagues across the Commonwealth as well as seminars at periodic VLA meetings discussing the latest industry news and trends, updates on law and enforcement issues as well as information about best business practices from across the industry. Your membership will also make you an active partner in promoting and growing both your own business as well as the corporate and leisure limousine industry all across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

As a member of the VLA, you will also accrue benefit from the VLA's membership in the National Limousine Association. Not only will you gain insight from the pooled resources of your colleagues in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but you will also gain access to the pooled resources of the thousands of members of the National Limousine Association from all across the nation.

Professional membership in the VLA is limited to legal owner/operators located in the State of Virginia. Associate membership is available to any other person or company other than owner/operator associated with the limousine industry, while out-of-state operators licensed in Virginia may enjoy an affiliate membership in the VLA.

For just $100 per annum and an application fee of $25, you can become a professional member of the VLA and start gaining knowledge and insight from some of the best limousine company owner and operators in the Commonwealth of Virginia. All professional membership applications must include:

1. Completed VLA application form
2. A copy of current business license
3. Copy of DMV Motor Carrier Application or Certificate
4. Application Fee of $25.00 (non-refundable)

So, simply download and print out the application form below and send completed application and required paperwork to:

VLA Treasurer:
4911 Turner Road
Richmond, VA 23234

Download Adobe Reader 2011 VLA Application coming soon.

For application requirements for associate and affiliate membership in the VLA, please see the VLA Bylaws.

It was a little cool and a little wet, but St. Patrick's Day was a great day for a parade. The 2009 Prom Pledge Parade of Limousines! The Virginia Limousine Association (VLA) sponsored a Prom Pledge Parade of Limousines in downtown Richmond on Tuesday, March 17th as part of the cooperative efforts of the VLA and multiple state and local agencies to promote teen safety during this high school prom and graduation season.

VLA President Paul Walsh speaks to the media at the 2009 Prom Pledge Parade
President Paul Walsh Speaks to the media at the 2009 Prom Pledge Pledge.
The VLA Prom Pledge promises to not allow the illegal use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco in any vehicle during prom and graduation season.

Limousines from companies throughout the state began the parade at Semmes & 7th Street led by an escort of Richmond city police, crossed the Manchester Bridge, made a right turn at Cary Street, and stopped directly in front of One James Center. Each limousine company turned in their VLA Prom Promise to not allow the illegal use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco in any of their vehicles during Prom and Graduation season. Member companies also require parents and teens to sign a Prom Pledge before chartering a limousine.

Speakers scheduled to appear on the steps of One James Center in downtown Richmond will include VLA President Paul Walsh, and representatives of:

  • the Virginia DMV,
  • the Virginia ABC Board,
  • the Virginia Department of Education,
  • the Virginia State Police, and
  • the Richmond City Police.

Speakers highlighted their agencies efforts and programs to promote teen safety and prevent alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse among teens. Paul Walsh, President of the Virginia Limousine Association, used the Prom Pledge Parade to stress to the public the VLA's commitment to and advocacy of zero tolerance for alcohol, tobacco and drug use while using the transportation services of VLA members.

We are LIMOUSINE OPERATORS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING!

Remember, "Spring brings the onset of prom season, and teens across Virginia will be calling limousine services to transport them on one of the most exciting nights of their lives. Not all limos services are equal. A limousine service must be properly licensed, insured and should meet certain safety criteria."

Click here for more of this timely reminder from the Virginia DMV, one of the VLA's Prom Pledge partners.

Contact any member of the VLA Board for more information on the 2009 Prom Pledge Parade.

Click here for a copy of the 2009 Prom Pledge.

Mom and dad click here for a list of chauffeur responsibilities.

Or, check out the alcohol FAQ

VLA Members!

Be sure to sign the prom pledge!

Team C (Virginia) Report
NLA Day on the Hill - June 18, 2008
Washington, DC

NLA Day on the Hill kickoff meeting at the Melrose Hotel at 7 am featured a full house of NLA members from across the country. Twelve separate teams of 6 or more per team had a busy schedule of meetings with their House & Senate representatives. The focus of the day was the amendment to the RIDE Act that needs attention.

Team C (or the Virginia Team), included:

Members of the Virginia Team gather at the US Capitol to advocate on behalf of VLA and NLA members Usma Khan
EcoRide Limos
Leesburg

Stacey Glazier
Fleet Transportation
Alexandria

Ronald Guy
Nationwide Limousine
Alexandria

Jonathan Marlow
Nationwide Limousine
Alexandria

Olin Greene
Reston Limousine
Reston

Glenn Stafford
Love Limousine
Richmond

Jack Rolfe
Georgetown Insurance

NLA President Richard Kane energized the group with his remarks and Barry Lefkowitz introduced our new partners with Cornerstone Government Affairs who has been hired by the NLA to assist us with lobbying. Cornerstone graciously allowed us use of their offices and secured a suite in the Cannon building for use between meetings during the day as well as accompanying teams on their meetings.

Our transportation for the day was a top of the line coach donated by LSA Corporate Car and professionally chauffeured by Tony Addison. Our sincere appreciation goes to the LSA team for their contribution to our mission.

Our team in Virginia had GREAT SUCCESS with our meetings with Virginia Congressmen and their aides. We educated them to the RIDE Act issue and they understood and pledged to support our cause. One 15-20 minute meeting with 7 small business operators in the middle of a busy Wednesday on Capitol Hill can make a difference. Multiply that by the 12 teams on the Hill, and then multiply by at least 5 meetings per team.

It’s an impressive number of meetings, BUT … it is still only on the screen for that one day. Maybe they remember us today, Friday, or next Monday, maybe not. The effort was impressive and can be magnified exponentially going forward by NLA members who did not attend the actual meetings.

CALL – FAX – EMAIL the representatives listed below.

The 100 people that went to the Hill made some headway. The thousands that did not can build the effort into a steamroller by taking just a few minutes to follow up with a sample letter to their delegates. The after effects of our meetings are the key with this very important follow up by YOU – to have the reminders coming in for them to support our issue NOW!!

The list of delegates that we visited and a sample letter is below along with contact information. THANK YOU for taking a few minutes of your day to BE INVOLVED in furthering the interests of YOUR business and that of the NLA.

Sample Letter

Honorable Congressman ________

I am writing today to thank you for offering to support the amendment to the RIDE Act as discussed with our fellow National Limousine Association members from Virginia in your meeting with them on June 18 on Capitol Hill. The abusive, inconsistent and excessive fees that some airport authorities have chosen to continue to levy on our small businesses in violation of Federal Law (RIDE Act of 2002) must not be continued and we appreciate your support of the bipartisan amendment to this law being offered by Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Congressman Henry Brown and Senators Lautenberg and Vitter.

The amendment will enable DOT to clarify to the airports what reasonable and consistent fees they may levy if they so choose. I urge you to please add your name as a co-sponsor of this bipartisan legislation. It originally passed in 2002 as stand alone legislation with unanimous consent and its intent protects the interests of our limousine industry and in particular, the small business operators who are particularly hard hit by these excessive fees.

Thank you taking time to meet with our group and thank you for your support of the RIDE Act amendment.

Sincerely,
VLA Member

Meetings on Capitol Hill June 18

Congressman Eric Cantor with Senior Legislative Assistant Matt Hodge
District includes – Richmond, Glen Allen & Culpepper
Fax 202-225-0011
e-mail - Matt.Hodge@mail.house.gov

The Congressman was in a markup session of the tax committee and met with us in the library off of the main Committee room while it was in session. He was very attentive to our issue and agreed that the RIDE Act is a good law. The full attention he gave us and his quick grasp of the issue is encouraging.

Congresswoman Thelma Drake with Senior Legislative Assistant Jordan Davis
District includes – Virginia Beach & Accomac
Fax – 202-225-4218
e-mail – Jordan.Davis@mail.house.gov

The Congresswoman who had previously served in the state legislature on the Transportation Committee with distinction, was extremely interested in our small business issues. She currently is on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee in Congress. She has agreed to support the RIDE Act amendment and she also asked about how the rising fuel costs were affecting us.

She also specifically URGED us to tell our members to email & write to our representatives to “DEMAND THAT THE GOVERNMENT OPEN UP THE DOMESTIC SUPPLY OF FUEL RESOURCES”

Congressman Frank Wolf – met with Leg. Asst. Cindy Klapmust
District includes – Herndon & Winchester
Fax – 202-225-0437
e-mail – Cindy.Klapmust@mail.house.gov

Aide Cindy was not familiar with RIDE, but agreed to speak to Congressman Wolf. We need to follow up and ask for his full support and/or co-sponsorship of this bill.

Congressman James Moran – met w/ Legislative Director Timothy Aiken
District includes – Alexandria & Reston
Fax – 202-225-4376
e-mail – Tim.Aiken@mail.house.gov

Our meeting with Tim was at the end of a long day for all, and although he heard our request and understood the issue, a reminder from the NLA masses to get behind and have Cong. Moran’s support or co-sponsorship of the RIDE amendment will help us over the top.

It was a lot of fun, but also an honor to represent the Industry with other like minded professionals at the annual Day on the Hill. Again, it is imperative that we not be forgotten the next day, and follow up by everyone else in the Industry takes only a few minutes, but keeps the issue in front of them into the future as well as adding numbers and names to our ranks.

Please do it NOW !!

April 23rd, 2008
Operation Prom/Graduation - Celebrate Life Parade
Downtown Richmond, VA

If you haven't heard yet, the Virginia Limousine Association in conjunction with DMV, ABC, and the Virginia Department of Education had a parade of limousines in downtown Richmond. The VLA would like to extend a thank you to the City of Richmond, the Richmond Police Department and the James Center for hosting this great event.

Pam Tripp put a lot of effort and time into securing a parade permit and inviting and getting Commissioner Smit, Commissioner Vassar, and Ms Cundiff to take time to address the importance of alcohol and drug abuse prevention and thank us for our role in keeping young people safe while they are using our services.

A huge thank you to Pam Tripp and Randy Allen for getting everything in place for the parade and the speeches.

And to those of you that participated with your time, your vehicles and your chauffeurs, congratulations on being a part of something positive for our industry.

Please keep the VLA in mind as you enter this busy season. Join the VLA, meet dedicated operators, network with quality companies and be a part of an association working for you and our industry.

Paul Walsh
President
Virginia Limousine Association

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