While you might think Capitol Hill is focused solely these days on impeachment hearings, the wheels of government continue to turn, as evidenced by a highly successful visit by The Transportation Alliance last week.
Tom Arrighi, President of The Transportation Alliance, met with numerous elected officials on Capitol Hill on Nov. 20 to introduce himself as the newly-elected leader of the 102-year-old trade association and to talk about crucial service and safety issues affecting our industry. Arrighi was joined by association CEO Alfred LaGasse, Executive Vice-President John Boit, and Legislative Counsel Paul Miller, who organized the slate of one-on-one interactions with key members of Congress.
The meetings came just three weeks after a major hearing on Capitol Hill by a subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in which the lax safety protocols of some Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) were under the full glare of members. TTA testified, but Uber and Lyft failed to show for that hearing.
President Arrighi made the rounds at various offices of numerous members of the House transportation committee, including Chairs Peter DeFazio and Eleanor Holmes Norton, and numerous other members. His message was unwavering: Fingerprint-based background checks are the single most effective screening tool to weed out dangerous drivers in the for-hire transportation industry.
While he was on the Hill, Arrighi also stopped in to say hello to Rep. Sandford Bishop of Georgia, a strong supporter of protecting non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT). Bishop has been very active in proposing new legislation to expand NEMT services through Medicare.
“I was so pleased to see so many elected officials who are really thinking about issues of safety and service,” Arrighi said. “As fluid as this industry is, and considering all the changes its been through in recent years, the most important aspect of all travel is something our membership has known for more than a century: It’s all about making sure passengers get safely to their destination.”