Authorities crack down on limo drivers
By Ari Burak
December 19, 2007
Police cited 12 San Francisco limousine drivers this month for
illegally soliciting passengers, part of an ongoing crackdown
by state and city authorities, including the San Francisco Taxi
Members of the California Public Utilities Commission and the
Taxi Commission earlier this month posed as "secret shoppers"
to see if limo drivers were illegally soliciting fares or operating
without a license, according to authorities.
In one night, San Francisco police arrested 12 limo drivers and
towed two vehicles, officials reported. The drivers face misdemeanor
According to state law, limousines are only allowed to carry
passengers through prearranged reservations, and may not solicit
street hails like taxis.
"Our goal is to protect customers from unscrupulous operators
who may be both literally and figuratively taking them for a ride
and to ensure an even playing field for our 1,400 metered taxis
and taxi drivers that must adhere to strict regulations and inspections,"
said Taxi Commission Executive Director Heidi Machen.
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