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CPUC Announces Enforcement Actions to Protect Californians

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on August 6, 2012

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the state agency responsible for protecting Californians against illegal passenger carriers, recently announced enforcement actions against a variety of limousine, bus and shuttle companies. These actions addressed violations of the Public Utilities Code and CPUC rules and regulations during the second quarter of 2012. A total of ten companies received citations and were fined a total of $28,500 for one or more of the following violations:

  • Illegal display of charter-party carrier identification
  • Failing to respond to consumer complaints
  • Operated without a valid authority (suspended or unlicensed) program
  • Advertised a revoked permit number
  • Operated vehicles that are not insured at the required minimum level of public liability and property damage insurance
  • Failed to enroll drivers in DMV Pull Notice program
  • General Order 157-D violation (failed to maintain a current equipment list, no sub-carrier agreement or incomplete waybills)
  • Engaged employees without procuring evidence of workers’ compensation insurance
  • Failed to enroll and/or pre-employment test drivers in a mandatory drug and alcohol
  • Failed to properly report gross revenue earned

A variety of Bay Area limousine companies and other operators throughout California received the fines and citations, and three other companies received criminal filings for serious infractions that included the following:

  • Filing a false claim of proper insurance coverage when the company had no insurance coverage at all
  • Operating a limousine service after having their permit suspended for other violations
  • Operating without a valid authority and various workers’ compensation violations

We pass this information along to our readers on a regular basis in an effort to let them know about the scope of illegal and unethical limo, bus and shuttle services in our state and ways to protect themselves from becoming victims of shady operators. Anyone who wishes to know the names of the companies cited by the CPUC at any given time can visit the CPUC website for more information. Anyone wishing to check out a limousine service, bus charter, airport shuttle or other type of group transportation company before making a reservation can also check out the CPUC site to ensure that they have the proper licensing and insurance coverage.

If you are thinking about renting a San Francisco limo, party bus, luxury coach, cable car or other luxury vehicle for an upcoming event, give us a call at 800-339-8636. We work hard and spare no expense to ensure that we remain in full compliance with all CPUC regulations and put the comfort and safety of our guests above all other considerations. If we sound like the type of Bay Area limo service that you would prefer to do business with, please call us at NLS Limo today for more information and to make a reservation.

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