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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 December 2012 22:10 )
Welcome to the Texas Inflatable Operators Association
A safety law for Texas that is worth enforcingWe are a unified voice for our industryOur founding members are pleased to announce the creation of the Texas Inflatable Operators Association. The association has been formed by a group of concerned inflatable operators from across the State. The members are in agreement that uniform enforcement of the Texas Amusement Inspection and Insurance Act is needed. Liability insurance coverage and annual safety inspections are required by the law and all TIOA members are in compliance.
Despite the good intentions of the law, the intended consumer protection is lacking. This is due to the State of Texas not enforcing the law. Since the State legislature felt that the law was important enough to pass, we feel that it should be just as important to enforce the law.
The safety of children and the financial responsibility of business owners are important. The association is pushing for enforcement of the existing amusement laws in Texas.
TIOA members know that the environment of voluntary compliance that currently exists does not work. It is estimated that 80% of inflatable rides in Texas are operated illegally. We want to be proactive in getting enforcement rather than waiting for the State to react to a high-profile tragedy.What does continued non-enforcement mean?
FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Families across Texas are at risk with only a fraction of rides in compliance
.FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS
Falling short of the legislature's goal of safer amusement ride operations in Texas.
Large sums of revenue lost from uncollected inspection sticker fee
s.FOR AMUSEMENT OPERATORS
Responsible business owners are carrying the financial burden of insurance and inspection costs.
Illegal businesses have an unfair competitive advantage by eliminating the costs of compliance.
Insurance rates available on the market are artificially high due to the small pool of participants.What is T.I.O.A doing to achieve enforcement?We are partnering with a public relations firm to maximize media exposure for our message. We will begin campaigns to gain support from State officials and industry leaders.
The ultimate goal is to simply work with the State of Texas to enforce the existing amusement ride laws.How to joinFill out our membership application.Members will be able to use the association's logo on any advertising as long as they remain compliant. All membership dues will be used for public relations, marketing and lobbying efforts to achieve enforcement of State laws.