Twenty-six commercial ground transportation vehicles were removed from service, 71 citations were issued to drivers for administrative and mechanical violations, and one vehicle was impounded during a recent multi-agency law enforcement operation at Los Angeles International Airport, police said.
Over 60 representatives from the Airport Police Commercial Enforcement and Motors units, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the LAX Airport Operations Ground Transportation Section, and the California Highway Patrol conducted vehicle inspections June 28 at three locations: LAX Parking Lot C, Parking Lot F and the Upper/Departures Level on the east end of Terminal 7. A total of 275 shuttle vans, limousines and buses were inspected during the four-hour operation, Airport Police spokeswoman Sgt. Belinda Nettles said.
“This operation is part of a proactive approach by Los Angeles Airport Police and our partner agencies to provide the traveling public with safe commercial transportation to and from LAX,” Airport Police Chief Michael Hyams said. “Air travelers rely heavily on commercial ground transportation services, and with the busy summer travel season beginning, it’s important to ensure these providers are complying with all laws.”
The multi-agency team focused on proper driver and vehicle licenses, transponders, PUC and airport operating permits, and proper commercial insurance.
Airport Police officers and CHP inspectors targeted mechanical equipment, including brakes, seat belts, tires, headlights, safety systems that are required to be in good working order and other law enforcement-related issues, Nettles said.
Thirty-five drivers were issued personal service citations for misdemeanor violations in the operation. Another 36 drivers were cited for administrative violations, including serious mechanical problems, improper insurance, driving with an out-of-class license, and invalid or no PUC permits, Nettles said.
Fines for the citations vary, and the drivers must show proof of correction before they can resume for-hire operation, she added. In addition, 16 warnings and 92 observation reports were issued by the PUC.