Two commercial ground transportation vehicles were removed from service and 71 citations were issued to drivers for administrative and mechanical violations in a multi-agency law enforcement operation at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) October 7th, airport police said.
During the operation, airport police 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 115 vehicles inspected, two were impounded, one for operating without proper authorization and permits, and one for driving without a license, police said.
A total of nine drivers 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 Public Utilities Commission permits, police noted. Fines for these citations vary, and the drivers must show proof of correction before they can resume the for-hire operation.
The goal of the operation was to enhance the personal safety of the general public who use commercial ground transportation services. Travelers at airports such as LAX significantly rely on such transportation services, airport officials said.
“This operation is part of a proactive approach by the Los Angeles Airport Police and our partner agencies to safeguard the traveling public by making sure that transportation companies comply with regulations,” Los Angeles Airport Police Chief George Centeno said.
Nearly 20 representatives from the airport police, PUC, Los Angeles World Airports Landside Operations and the Airfield Permits Unit conducted their inspections at the airport’s limousine holding lot beginning at 8 a.m. A total of 115 door-to-door shuttles were inspected during the four-hour operation.