Nine commercial ground transportation vehicles were removed from service during a multi-agency law enforcement operation conducted at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Wednesday, July 19th.

The operation also resulted in 149 citations being issued to drivers for mechanical and administrative violations.

A total of 428 limousines, door-to-door shuttle vans and long-distance vans were inspected during the four-hour operation.

The goal of the operation was to enhance the personal safety of the general public who use commercial ground transportation services, airport officials said.

Nearly 60 representatives from the Airport Police, California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Los Angeles World Airports Landside Operations and Airfield Permits Unit conducted inspections at the airport’s limousine holding lot.

The multi-agency team focused on proper driver and vehicle licensing, PUC and airport operating permits and other law enforcement-related issues.

CHP officers and inspectors concentrated on mechanical equipment, including braking systems, passenger restraints, headlights and other safety systems that are required to be in good working order.

Of the 428 vehicles inspected, two were impounded for operating with a revoked PUC permit and one for brakes being unsafe to drive on city streets.

The team removed nine additional vehicles from service for serious mechanical problems with steering, brakes, vehicle suspension and other mechanical issues.

Seven vehicles were prohibited from further operation at LAX until violations of the airport’s ground transportation operating permit program are corrected.

Transponders — devices that are attached to commercial vehicles to monitor the number of times they access and circle the airport’s Central Terminal Area roadways — were confiscated from these seven vehicles.

Five drivers, including one of the drivers of the impounded vehicles, were issued personal service citations for misdemeanor violations, including serious mechanical problems, improper insurance, driving with an out-of-class license, and invalid or no PUC permits.

Fines for these citations vary and the drivers must show proof of correction before they can resume for-hire operation.

Last month, a similar multi-agency operation was conducted at LAX which targeted taxis.

During that operation, 477 taxicabs were inspected and 54 drivers received administrative citations for mechanical and equipment violations.

These violations included improper lights; no proof of insurance, registration or permit; no license plate; unsealed meters; no fuel cap; improper attire and unsanitary interiors.

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