LOS ANGELES — The Greater California Livery Association recently met with members of the Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) landside operations and gave the department feedback on a number of stiff regulations they are proposing to enact in the coming months for all commercial vehicles that service the airport’s terminals. This includes limousines, taxicabs, charter buses, and any other for-hire vehicle that picks up passengers in the airport.
Airport officials have attributed the following proposed rules to tighter security considerations, increased diversity in the type and size of vehicles, and increased commercial passenger vehicular activity:
• A new requirement that commercial vehicle operators post a security deposit of $100 per vehicle when LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports) issues AVI transponders for their vehicles.
•A $500 fine for commercial vehicle operators that are cited for operating at LAX without a permit issued by LAWA.
•New age and mileage limits on commercial passenger vehicles operating at LAX.
•Tighter signage restrictions on commercial passenger vehicles operating at LAX.
•Relaxation of the current restriction prohibiting commercial vehicles from operating under "dual authority" — charter party carrier ("TCP") and passenger stage corporation ("PSC") permits.
•Courtesy vehicle (rent-a-car buses, hotel and motel buses, and off-airport parking shuttles) standards are being introduced including:
1.Vehicle size limits
2.Headway (distance between vehicles) limits
3.Minimum intervals (time gaps) between buses at terminal stops
•AVI monthly billing for TCP operators
•Use of AVI records to bill for unpaid TCP trip fees.
•Violation suspension points to be applied to individual vehicles as well as entire fleets.
•Monetary fines attached to fleet and individual vehicle suspensions.
“These penalties are extremely prohibitive,” said Alan Shanedling, executive director of the GCLA, “are extremely radical, and are just unreasonable.” He fears the new regulations are nothing more than a money grab and that they may set an example to other airports all over the country.
GCLA lobbyists were in attendance at the meeting with the members of landside operations and are eager to come to a proposed agreement with the airport. But as of now, the airport says it also wants to regulate the cleanliness of vehicles and their drivers, and eliminate coordinators (“meet and greets”) from the terminal areas.
“Landside operations indicated that changes will be made,” said Shanedling, “but who knows what will become a rule or not? They just aren’t telling us.”
For more information, visit www.lawa.org.
SOURCE: GCLA, Bobit Business Media