Bay Area Limo Buses | San Francisco Travel Blog
Recently, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the state agency that issues licenses for passenger carriers such as limousine companies, charter bus services and other carriers, took legal action against scores of illegal limo operators throughout the state. The CPUC diligently ensures that all carriers are properly licensed, carry the required amount of insurance coverage, maintain their vehicles to state standards and ensure compliance on many other aspects of the industry to protect passengers. Many of the outfits receiving fines and cease and desist orders were illegal San Francisco limousine companies. These fly-by-night outfits put profits above all other considerations, including their guests’ lives, and make it harder for legitimate Bay Area limo companies like us by painting us all in a bad light.
During the third quarter of 2001, the CPUC took legal action against at least 25 companies and fined them a total of $27,500 for a wide range of different violations, including the following:
- Advertising a revoked permit number
- Engaging employees without procuring evidence of workers’ compensation insurance
- Failing to enroll and/or pre-employment test drivers in a mandatory drug and alcohol program
- Failing to enroll drivers in DMV Pull Notice program
- General Order 157-D violation (failing to maintain a current equipment list, no sub-carrier agreement and incomplete waybills)
- Operating without a valid authority (suspended or unlicensed)
- Operating vehicles that are not insured at the required minimum level of public liability and property damage insurance
The CPUC also filed criminal complaints against many other passenger carriers throughout the state for illegal activities such as robbery, threatening to strand passengers unless they produced more money and other illegal acts.
We would like to reiterate that we post stories about illegal San Francisco limousine companies in order to educate our readers and prevent them from becoming targets of these criminals. In most cases, the guests who do business with these operators don’t know that they are doing business with an illegal and unethical operator. Here’s one sure way to ensure that you don’t end up riding in an illegal Bay Area limousine: limo carriers in California can only pick up guests if they have made a telephone reservation. If you are standing on a street corner or at the airport and a “chauffeur” offers a limo ride, don’t get in! That limo is illegal.
For a professional, luxurious and completely legitimate San Francisco limousine experience with a locally owned company that operates in full compliance with CPUC regulations, call us at NLS Limo today at 1-800-339-8936. We have set the standard for superb customer service, affordability and selection for many years now, and we understand that our reputation is on the line with each guest. If we sound like your kind of Bay Area limo provider, please call us to reserve your limo, party bus, antique car or other type of luxury transportation today!
We know that it’s a tough business climate out there since we’re business owners ourselves, but we also know that it is important to reward hardworking employees from time to time. If your employees are doing a great job and it has been a while since you rewarded their efforts with something fun, rent one of our Bay Area limo buses for a day of rest and relaxation! No matter where they want to go, our San Francisco limo buses are the ultimate in luxury group transportation. They offer a wide range of luxury amenities, such as the following:
A teenager who was chronically truant, troublesome, failing all his classes at school and nearly expelled has been awarded a limousine ride and a $500 shopping spree for making better choices with his life. Ki’Angelo Carpenter’s mother reported that she grew tired of receiving calls from her son’s school nearly every day about his behavior, which resulted in a suspension. After the suspension, the Toledo, Ohio teen decided to make a positive change in his life and dedicated himself to improve his grades and conduct.
The next time you need to transport a large number of people, you can choose one of our roomy, comfortable corporate coaches as they are a very practical and affordable way to get everyone to and from the destination. Alternatively, you can raise the comfort, roominess and luxury up a notch or two and rent one of our San Francisco limo buses to travel in even more style. We’re not disparaging our coaches. They’re the pride of our fleet, and for groups up to 60 people, there’s no better way to get them from point A to point B safely and inexpensively. While they are long on practicality and functionality, they are short on amenities.
Need Luxury Transportation for a Larger Group of People? Rent a San Francisco Limo Bus and Travel in Style!
We’re very proud of our VIP coaches. For large groups of 47 to 55 guests, you can’t beat them for affordability, comfort, convenience and practicality. However, for groups of 30 to 32 people, those extra seats are nice, but we have a better solution: our San Francisco limousine buses. Built on the same platform as our VIP coaches, our limo buses take that extra space and reconfigure it for maximum comfort and spaciousness.
For a segment of the luxury ground transportation market that didn’t exist until a few years ago, limo buses in San Francisco and other markets have really taken off in popularity. We’re very proud of our stretch limousines and other luxury rental options, but from a guest’s perspective, renting a limo bus makes a lot of sense for a variety of reasons. Our Bay Area limo buses provide more space to move around freely, more room for luxury amenities, bigger tinted windows that provide privacy and great views, plush leather seating, cool lighting effects, iPod docking stations and much more.