Another Reminder: Make Sure You're State Certified

Posted on April 28, 2008 by LCT Magazine

PUC Urges Consumers to Choose Certificated Limo Carriers During Wedding and Prom Season
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Before booking plans for transportation to and from a prom or wedding this season, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) urges consumers to check the backgrounds of limousine carriers to verify that they are authorized and properly insured for travel.

“When hiring a limousine carrier for your special event, safety should be a top priority,” said PUC Chairman Wendell F. Holland. “By choosing a limo carrier that is uninsured, unsafe or provides poor service, you may be putting yourself, your friends and loved ones in danger. The PUC works to protect consumers by requiring limousine providers to obtain a certificate to ensure reliable service and safety.”

Pennsylvania limousine services in all areas outside of the city of Philadelphia are required to obtain a PUC certificate of public convenience for transporting passengers within the state. The PUC monitors certificated carriers for insurance coverage, driver and vehicle safety, rates, territory and service. They must also charge rates in accordance with their official tariff on file with the PUC.

The PUC encourages consumers planning a special event not to sign a contract to use a limousine or other transportation service that does not hold a PUC certificate number. The numbers begin with A-000 or A-001 and consist of a total of 8 digits. Without that number, a limousine service may not legally provide transportation service in the state outside of Philadelphia.

By definition, limousines are luxury type vehicles seating 10 passengers or less, excluding the driver. Limousines shall have at a minimum: air conditioning, AM/FM stereo radio, deluxe leather or fabric upholstery, deluxe wheels or wheel covers, four doors and a wheelbase of at least 109 inches, according to the PUC's website.

For additional information, consumers may visit the PUC Web site. If a consumer wishes to contact the Public Utility Commission to check the violation history of a carrier or the status of their authority, they may contact the PUC toll free at 800-757-3677.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities to ensure safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protect the public interest; educate consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; further economic development; and foster new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.

Source: Solanco News

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