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Illegal Limousines Crushed and Shredded By English Watchdog Agency

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on April 3, 2011

In an unusual move certainly intended to be a warning to illegal limousine operators, the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA), which is the agency that regulates the limousine industry in the United Kingdom, recently seized, crushed and shredded two luxury limousines. The Ford Excursion SUV limousines were seized from an illegal limousine operator in South Wales because they did not meet VOSA safety regulations and were transporting passengers illegally. The agency that registers, licenses and oversees San Francisco limousines and other limo services in California is the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). While they have not yet taken drastic steps like VOSA to address illegal limo operators, this might give them some ideas.

After seizing the illegal limos, VOSA transported them to nearby Newport to feed them to the world’s largest shredder operated by Sims Management. The owner of the illegal limos was not present as each Excursion was lifted by a crane and then crushed and subsequently fed into the huge hopper for the shredder. VOSA told reporters that the shredded limos would be sent to China for recycling.

Regular readers of this blog know that we occasionally report stories like this to shed light on illegal Bay Area limousine companies and warn area residents of the dangers of renting limos from these outfits. Rather than follow proper insurance and licensing protocols issued by the PUC, illegal operators here in the Bay Area and other parts of California place their passengers at significant risk. Their limousines aren’t subject to the PUC’s rigorous safety inspections, their drivers are not properly licensed and they don’t carry mandatory insurance coverage to protect their customers. The vast majority of customers who use these illegal limo services have no idea that their limo provider is not legit. However, they are in for a surprise if their limo is involved in an accident and they find out there is no insurance to pay medical expenses.

At NLS Limo, we take the safety of our guests very seriously, and we are in full compliance with PUC regulations. The PUC-issued license number is displayed on each page of our site and in each of the luxury vehicles in our fleet of Bay Area limousines, SUV limos, classic cars, party buses and other vehicles. If you’re looking for a San Francisco limousine service for an upcoming special event and prefer to do business with an ethical limo service that plays by the rules and protects its guests, call us today at 1-800-339-8936. We look forward to hearing from you!

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