The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) named Dwight Kines, vice president of the Mid-Atlantic region at Transdev, which owns and operates Yellow and Checker Cab Company of Baltimore, as the new president of the nearly 100-year-old trade association.
Kines, based in Baltimore, Maryland, now steers the largest professional trade association serving the for-hire passenger-transportation industry in the world. The association’s presidents are elected from within its 1,000 members—comprised of small, medium and large transportation fleets—to serve a one-year term.
Founded in 1909, Yellow and Checker Cab is Baltimore’s oldest and largest taxicab company, serving approximately five million people annually with a fleet of more than six hundred vehicles. Considered a pioneer in the industry, Yellow Cab was the first to hire African-American and female drivers in the 1950s. It was also a national leader in implementing radio and digital dispatching, as well as other communications technologies. In 2012, Yellow Cab was honored with TLPA’s Large Fleet Taxicab Operator of the Year award. The award recognizes fleets that execute innovative and exceptional programmes that benefit their drivers and the communities they serve.
Kines was sworn into office on October 29 during the TLPA’s 97th Annual Convention & Trade Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a speech to members, Kines outlined his agenda for his term. He plans to focus on those areas of his industry that are critical to fighting Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft, in jurisdictions where they operate illegally. These areas include addressing the industry’s image, recognizing business opportunities to unify against the competition, and continuing to apply new technologies for better customer service.
“We are doing our members a disservice if we don’t start spending more of our energy on showing and telling you how to compete in this new world. Yes, we are under attack, but our industry has weapons to fight back and we need to give you more,” Kines told a packed room of 1,000 industry leaders moments after being sworn in as the association’s president.
- New TLPA-president Dwight Kines, speaking at ‘Taxi Stars’ in Athens, Greece, a month ago.