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Hobby Airport No Standing Zone

Houston Airport System

To all Limo Drivers:

Hobby Airport Landside Operations Manager Dawn Hoffman, has invited the Houston Limousine Association to a private meeting last week to discuss some concerns about Limousine drivers and some other issues concerning the airport system.

The major issue that was brought up by Hoffman was the illegal solicitation at Hobby Airport and how this issue is affecting the airport travelers and the overall general outlook of the airport. The manager stated that the airport is working on some of the serious solutions to fight the illegal solicitation at the airport, and here is some of the propositions they have on the table.

 

No standing zone: The airport administration designated 2 areas where the driver can not stand to wait for their clients, which is the area by the exit doors, and the area in between the glass doors. Drivers standing in this area are blocking the traffic, and they are only standing there to solicit client.

Limousine drivers are not allowed to wait on the second floor (Departure terminal)

Limousine drivers can not wait on the curbside or at the limousine parking to solicit client.

The Landside Operation will be increasing enforcement by issuing violations, Revoking HAS Permits, towing vehicles, and they are also working with the HPD, and the ARA to curb solicitations.

Drivers who get caught soliciting, can be issued a trespassing citation which will ban them from coming to the airport for ever.

 

The manager also brought up that some drivers are not complying with the manifest requirement, or they are trying to be hostile toward the HAS employees, please when you go to the airport make sure that you have always wear your LL badge and have your manifest, with the correct information, if any information is missing,  you may be issued a citation. Please be nice and professional when approached by the HAS employees, and remember they are just doing their job, just like the rest of us.

There are two designated areas for drivers to stand and wait for their clients, one is by the information screens, and one is by the left side arrival hallway as you can see below on the diagram

Hobby Airport No Standing Zone

Below is the letter we received from Hoffman

Attention Limo Drivers:

Hobby Airport is committed to reducing solicitation. Landside Operations is taking steps to increase enforcement through issuing citations, revoking HAS permits, and working closer with the Administration & Regulatory Affairs (ARA) department. In addition, we have established a limo driver free area as marked in red below. This area is the main walkway for passengers and must not be occupied by drivers. Drivers are expected to wait for their passengers along the wall out of walkway, see the green areas below. Drivers are also not allowed upstairs, in between the exit doors, or curbside. If you are approached by any HAS employee to relocate or present manifest/license, you must comply. If you have any comments or questions please contact the Landside Operations Supervisor on duty.

Thank you,

Dawn Hoffman, Hobby Landside Operations Manager

The second issue that was brought us by the manager, was the potential HAS system updates about the payment concerning the access to the airport by all the ground transportation providers. Right now we are paying a fixed annual fess for the HAS permit, which range from $350 for a sedan to $950 for a coach bus, The Houston Airport System is looking to implement a new system that charge by entry to the airport (just like the old system we used to have about 7 years ago for those who were operating back then). Basically the airport will charge you every time you enter the airport, the system use your EZ Tag to track your entries to the airport, and at the end of the month will charge the credit card on file, or send you an invoice for the monthly usage. When we asked her about the base charge for every entry, she said they did not set up the rates, but she believed it won’t be more than $5 for each entry, which translates to a new annual fee that a way higher than what we are currently paying. The system might be operational by the end of the year.

Please be advised about the changes coming to the airport, and always be ready when you go to pick up your client. Companies who are using electronic apps, or changed their manifest sample, need to update it with the ARA as soon as possible to avoid citation for non-compliance.

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If you have any questions about this issue, please contact HALCA for more details.

 

Jon Ouazdi.
Admin

 

 

Texas House Bill 100 to regulate Uber, Lyft statewide gets green light from Texas House

Texas Sen. Paddie proposes bill regulating Uber, Lyft at state level

On Wednesday, the Texas House of Representatives voted to approve House Bill 100 on a crucial second reading. The bill would create a statewide regulatory framework for transportation network companies and preempt local rules overwhelmingly upheld by Austin voters last May.

According to the unofficial House count, 110 state representatives voted for HB 100, whose author, state Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall), managed to secure a bipartisan slate of joint and coauthors. The list of ayes also included 25 Democrats.

Paddie repeatedly pointed out that 41 other states have regulations that do not include fingerprint background checks. His bill would require TNCs to register with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and pay a $5,000 annual fee. Drivers must be 18 years old, have a valid license and proof of registration and insurance, and pass a criminal background check.

As for enforcement, if any TNC is determined to have violated any section of the law, the state could suspend or revoke its operating permit.

Also within the bill is language that explicitly defines TNC drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. That distinction is crucial to the companies’ business models since it frees them from providing costly benefits.

Throughout the late morning and for much of the afternoon, Paddie defended his bill against a flurry of amendments and questions about public safety, many offered by members the Austin delegation, including state Reps. Celia Israel, Gina Hinojosa and Eddie Rodriguez.

“Let’s be clear here, we all care about safety, as we ourselves ride and our loved ones ride in some of these transportation options,” Paddie assured his colleagues.

Israel succeeded in changing the bill to require that TNCs retain passenger and trip date for five years, up from the original one year. She argued that the data should be preserved for investigatory purposes in potential sexual assault cases in which the victims hesitate to come forward.

That one victory aside, Israel was unable to restore operator fees to cities. The delegation also failed in an attempt to require trip data be shared with public entities.

In a statement sent to the Austin Monitor after the vote, Israel said, “If this bill passes into law, we will have neither fees nor trip data going to help cities offset the costs of road maintenance or help transportation engineers plan for the future. I wanted to vote for a much improved bill, but industry interests were intractable. There was no room for negotiation, which is unfortunate and not how we normally do business in the Texas House.”

Another longshot amendment offered by Hinojosa would have preserved regulations enacted in a response to a public vote – i.e., Austin’s regulations. That effort was swiftly tabled.

State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) was able to strike from the bill a requirement that would have forbidden TNC drivers from soliciting or accepting cash. State Rep. Chris Turner (D-Arlington) defended Burrows’ amendment by noting that many residents in his district lack access to personal vehicles, public transit and credit cards. Paddie suggested that those residents could still use taxi cabs, which Turner retorted are largely unreliable in Arlington.

After further wrangling, the House approved HB 100 on a 110-37 vote. Two members were absent, and Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) did not vote. The bill will advance to third reading, which is generally a formality in the Texas House.

 

Read the rest of the article on the link below:

Jon Ouazdi

Admin

 

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List of Revoked Companies

To all limousine operators in the list below

Please read carefully

For all the companies that got revoked by the city, please go to the city and fill up the paper and do not worry about the hearing, it has been removed. (It is not required anymore).

For people who already signed a contract with a WAV provider, the city already have it, and you just need to fill up the WAV form (  page).

For people who never signed a contract with a WAV provider, they need to get one ASAP then go to the city.

Company Name
1 24 HOUR TAXI
2 24 HOUR TOWNCAR
3 AAA LIMO SERVICE
4 ANHKOS
5 AOGOTECH SERVICES, LLC.
6 ASTRO CITY TRANSPORTATION
7 BASSKASS LIMO LLC
8 BEDROCK LIMO AND TOWN CAR
9 BHUPI GHOTRA LLC
10 CAR AND DRIVER AIRPORT SERVICE
11 CHARIOT ELITE
12 CHI TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
13 CLARK LIMOUSINE SERVICE
14 CM LUXURY TRANSPORTATION
15 COMPASS TOWNCAR
16 COMPASS TRANSPORTATION CO.
17 CRAWFORD SHUTTLE
18 DOUBLE JAY INT’L
19 EAGLE CAB
20 EKO CAB COMPANY
21 EKO TOWNCAR
22 ETHIO ADDIS TOWN CAR TRANSPORTATION
23 EXPERIENCE TOWN CAR & LIMO
24 EZ CAB COMPANY
25 FIVE STAR LIMOUSINE SERVICE
26 GENET LIMO
27 GPS LIMO SERVICES
28 GREEN CAB
29 H.L. TRANSPORTATION
30 HAYKS LIMO SERVICE
31 HOUSTON LIMOUSINE & CHARTER SERVICES
32 HOUSTON TOURS
33 ISLAND CAB CO.
34 IVOIRE LIMO TRANSP
35 JIMMY’S TRANSPORTATION
36 K.D. TRANSPORTATION
37 KARAOKE LIMO COMPANY
38 KARR CHARTER & SIGHTSEEING
39 KARR LIMOUSINE SERVICE
40 KEREN TOWN CAR
41 LUCY TOWNCAR & LIMO SERVICE
42 MAJESTIC TRANSPORTATION & SHUTTLE SERVICE
43 MEERAB LIMOUSINE SERVICE
44 MIMI TRANSPORTATION
45 MOBILITY TOWN CAR
46 MOGATION CAB
47 MONARCH BRITISH LIMOUSINES
48 MOONSTAR LIMOUSINE
49 MW LIMOUSINE
50 NERIAH TOWN CAR/LIMOUSINE
51 NEW CONCEPT LIMOUSINE
52 OLKE TOWN CAR
53 ONECALL LIMO
54 PLANET TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS
55 RED CAB
56 RON’S TOWNCAR SERVICE
57 ROYAL LIMO AND TOWN CAR
58 S.M. TOWNCAR
59 SANYII’S LIMO SERVICES
60 SIMOLIMO HOUSTON
61 SITRA TOWN LIMO
62 TOUCH OF CLASS TRANSPORTATION
63 UNION CAB COMPANY
64 UNION TOWN CAR CAB
65 UNITY CAB
66 UNIVERSE LIMOUSINE
67 WESTSIDE CAB CO.
68 5 STAR EXECUTIVE LIMO, LLC.
69 7 STAR TOWN CAB
70 A & A AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION
71 A & B TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
72 A & T LIMO
73 A BETTER CAB
74 A BETTER LIMOUSINE SERVICE
75 A GOOD CAB
76 A K TOWN CAR & LIMO SERVICES
77 A PRIORITY SERVICES
78 A. ADMIRALS TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION
79 A-A CLASS TOWN CAR SERVICE
80 AAA LIMO SERVICE
81 ABBLIMOUSINE
82 ABC CAB COMPANY
83 ABIENTOT LIMO
84 ABIY LIMO SERVICE
85 ABOUT U, LLC.
86 ADAM’S LIMOUSINE COMPANY
87 AD LIMOUSINE SERVICE
88 AF LIMO & TOWNCAR
89 AFFORDABLE LUXURY CHARTER
90 AIRPORTS LUXURY LIMO SERVICES
91 ALBERTO LIMO-TOWNCAR SERVICES
92 ALESTA
93 ALFA LIMO SERVICE
94 ALMANAR TRANSPORTATION
95 ALMANI EXCHANGE
96 ALPHA LIMOUSINE & VALET SERVICES
97 ALT CAR SERVICE
98 AME LIMOUSINE & TOWNCAR SERVICE
99 AMEN LIMO COMPANY
100 ADL LIMOUSINE SERVICES
101 ANA TRANSPORTATION
102 ANDERSON LUXURY TRANSPORTATION
103 ANGLE LIMO TRANSPORTATION
104 ARROW CAB
105 ARTA LIMOUSINE
106 ASMARA TOWN CAB
107 ASSAB CAB
108 AVG TRANSPORT SERVICES LLC.
109 AWESOME LIMOS
110 A-WORLD CAB
111 AZTECA TOWNE CAR SERVICE
112 AZTEX LIMO
113 BENTLEY LIMO’S OF HOUSTON, LLC
114 BEST LIMO TX
115 BIJAN LIMOUSINE SERVICE
116 BLACK TIE LUXURY CAR SERVICE
117 BLUE CAB, LLC.
118 BOAPS LIMO
119 BRT CAB
120 BSK LIMO
121 CAPITAL TRANSPORTATION
122 CAPITOL LIMOUSINE SERVICE
123 CAR AND DRIVER AIRPORT SERVICE
124 CAR FOR YOU TRANSPORTATION
125 CAREY LIMOUSINE OF HOUSTON, INC.
126 CITY CAR SERVICES WORLDWIDE
127 CASTILLE LIMOUSINE SERVICE
128 CCL & TRANSPORTATION (City Center Limos)
129 CEADERS LIMO & TRANSPORTATION
130 CENTURY LIMOUSINE SERVICE
131 CHAIN’S LIMO SERVICE
132 CHAMPION OF TEXAS TRANSPORTATION
133 CHAMPION TOWN CAR
134 CHARIOT XXI
135 CHE CAB
136 CHEAP & QUICK LIMO SERVICE
137 CHEPLEX FIVE STAR LIMO SERVICE
138 CHER-AMIS LIMO SERVICE
139 CLEAR LAKE SHUTTLE BUS, INC.
140 CONTACT LIMO
141 CONTINENTAL COACH & LIMOUSINE SERVICES OF HOUSTON, LLC.
142 CORPORATE SERVICES INERNATIONAL
143 CROWN TOWN CAR
144 CROWN TOWN CAR & LIMOUSINE OF HOUSTON
145 DAILY CAR SERVICE
146 DELTA CAB
147 DIAMOND CAB
148 DISCOUNT AIRPORT TAXI
149 DISCOUNT CAB CO.
150 DISCOUNT HOBBY AIRPORT TAXI
151 DISCOUNT METRO TAXI
152 DISCOUNT TOWN CAR
153 DIVINE TOWNCAR & LIMOUSINE SERVICES
154 DT TAXI
155 DYNASTY LIMOUSINE AND TRANSPORTATION
156 E & L TOWNCAR
157 EAGLES LIMOUSINE SERVICE
158 EBENEZER LIMO SERVICE
159 ECS TRANSPORTATION
160 ECS TRANSPORTATION
161 ED CRAVEY TRANSPORTATION
162 ELEGANTE’ LIMO SERVICE
163 ELITE SECURE TRANSPORT
164 ENVOY EXECUTIVE LIMOUSINE
165 ESSU CAR SERVICE
166 ET LIMO TOWN CAR SERVICES
167 EXECUTIVE LIMOUSINE – TOWN CAR RIDE
168 EXECUTRANS
169 EXPERTS LIMO
170 EXPRESS TOWNCAR & LIMOUSINE
171 EXXTRA’S LIMOUSINE SERVICE
172 EZRA TOWN CAR TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
173 F. H. TOWNCAR AND LIMOUSINE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
174 FALCON CAB CO.
175 FARAH LIMOUSINE
176 FARESA LUXURY LIMO
177 FERRARO LIMOUSINE SERVICE
178 FIRST CLASS LIMOUSINE SERVICES
179 FLEXIBLE TOWN CAR CO.
180 GALAXY LIMOUSINE SERVICE
181 GALVESTON LIMOUSINE. LLC.
182 GALVESTON TRANSPORTATION, INC.
183 GB TRANSPORTATION
184 GLOBAL GREEN CAB
185 GOLD LABEL TRANSPORTATION
186 GOLDEN TOWN CAR CO.
187 GOOD CAB
188 GOOD O CAB
189 GOOD TOWN CAR
190 GUDALIMO
191 GULF CAB
192 H & E LIMOUSINE SERVICE
193 H & E TOWN CAR
194 H & H TRANSPORTATION
195 HASHMANI LIMO
196 HAYA TRANSPORTATION
197 HH LIMOUSINE
198 HIS EXCELLENCY CAB
199 HOLU LIMOUSINE SERVICES
200 HOUSTON BLACK CAR
201 HOUSTON DESTINATION LIMOUSINES AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
202 IMAN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY
203 INPUT LIMO
204 INTERSTATE CAB
205 JJAY LIMO LLC
206 JLT LIMO AND TOWN CAR SERVICE
207 JOHN LIMO SERVICE
208 JONATHAN’S LIMOUSINE & TOWN CAR SERVICE
209 JR’S TAXI
210 JULIA LIMO
211 JULIEN’S LIMO & CHARTER LLC
212 H & E LIMOUSINE SERVICE
213 KING’S WAY RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION
214 KT SOLUTIONS
215 KVG TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
216 LH CHAUFFEUR SERVICES
217 LIME LIMO
218 LIMO BROS LIMOUSINE SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION
219 LIMO MASLAMANI SERVICE
220 LIMOZ LIMOZ
221 LION CAB
222 LJ TRANSPORTATION
223 LONELY LIMOUSINE SERVICES
224 LUCAS LIMOUSINE
225 LUMMIS TRANSPORTATION
226 M & D TOWN CAR SERVICE
227 M.B. CAB
228 M.D.H. LIMOUSINE
229 MACI TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
230 MARATHON LIMO
231 MARTIN TOWN CAR SERVICE
232 MAURO LIMOS
233 MAYFLOWER CAB CO.
234 MAZARI TOWN CARS LIMOUSINE
235 MEL’S LIMOUSINE
236 MERTTAN LIMOUSINE
237 MHT
238 MIKE’S LIMOUSINE
239 MINUTEMEN TRANSPORTATION
240 MOCKINGBIRD CAB
241 MOCKINGBIRD TOWNCAR
242 MOGATION LIMOUSINE COMPANY
243 MOON LIMO COMPANY
244 MOUN’S LIMO
245 MOUNT EVEREST TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
246 MS LIMOUSINE SERVICES
247 MUIZ LIMO
248 MUNBAR EXECUTIVE TRANSPORT
249 NABEEL CAB CO.
250 NATEY TOWN CAR
251 NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
252 NAZ EMPIRE INC.
253 NEO LUXURY TRANSPORT
254 NOAMAN TRANSPORTATION
255 NOOR LIMO & TOWN CAR SERVICES
256 NOVA LIMO
257 NOVO CORPORATE HOUSING & LIMO AND VALET SERVICES, LLC
258 ODYSSEY CHARTER SERVICE
259 ON TIME & HHY CAB CO.
260 ORANGE CAB
261 P. FIVE LIMOUSINE CO.
262 PANCHO PACHANGA CHARTERS LLC
263 PARS CAB
264 PEACOCK CAB
265 SUPREME LUXURY RIDES LLC
266 PORT CITY CAB
267 PREMIUM AUTO TRANSPORT
268 PRO RIDE
269 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FLEET
270 PROMISE TOWN CAR
271 PROS. CAB
272 PURE LIMOUSINE SERVICES
273 QALANDER
274 R & L PRESTIGE
275 R S
276 RIDE IN STYLE LIMOUSINE
277 RIDES 4 LESS
278 ROXANA P. ENTERPRISES INC.
279 RUSSELL’S TRANSPORTATION
280 S Y L CAB
281 S.O.S. TRANSPORTATION
282 SAFI TRANSPORTATION
283 SAN JOSE TRANSPORTATION
284 SARGENT EXECUTIVE SERVICES
285 SAVANNAH LIMO & TRANSPORTATION L.L.C.
286 SAYED LIMOUSINE
287 SAYMON LIMOUSINE SERVICE
288 SCOTTS TAXI SERVICE
289 SHADI LIMOUSINE
290 SHARIF LIMOUSINE COMPANY
291 SHEWA TOWN CAR AND LIMO SERVICE
292 SIMON LIMOUSINE
293 SMS LIMOUSINE & TOWN CAR SERVICES
294 ST. MICHAEL TAXI CAB
295 STAR CAB
296 STAR HOUSTON TOWN CAR & LIMOUSINE SERVICE
297 STERLING TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
298 STS Limousine, Inc.
299 SUPREME CAB
300 SUPREME LIMO
301 T L T
302 T.R. LIMO SERVICES
303 TABOR TRANSPORT SERVICE
304 TAH LIMOUSINE
305 TAYLOR ELITE TRANSPORTATION
306 TEEJAY’S LIMOUSINE
307 TEXAS FLYER TRANSPORTATION
308 TEXAS STAR LIMOUSINE
309 TEXAS TOURS & CHARTER SERVICES, LLC
310 TEXAS TOURS AND CHARTER SERVICES LLC
311 TFT CHARTER BUS AND LIMO SERVICES
312 THANKS 110 LIMOUSINE SERVICES
313 THE 1 TRANSPORTER, LLC
314 THE QUEEN OF SHEBA LIMOUSINE TOWNCAR SERVICE
315 THE WOODLANDS AA TOWN CAR SERVICES
316 TIME LIMO
317 TOWNCAR UNLIMITED
318 TRANSIT LIMO
319 TRUFBA INTERNATIONAL LC
320 UNIQUE CAB
321 UNIQUE CORPORATE TRANSPORTATION
322 UNIVERSAL TOWNCAR
323 UPTOWN LIMOUSINE
324 USA TOWNCAR SERVICE
325 UTRANSIT LLC.
326 VALIAN TRANSPORTER
327 VIPER TRANSPORTATION
328 VIVA TRANSPORTATION
329 WEST LIMOUSINE SERVICE
330 XPERTS LIMOUSINE SERVICES LLC
331 XPERTS TRANSPORTATION
332 YA-SEEN AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION
333 YOU FIRST LIMOUSINE SERVICES, LLC.

Jon Ouazdi

Admin