Rick Brown, president of the Greater California Livery
Association, is calling on operators across the state to
fight a proposal that would allow cities to establish
licenses and other regulations for limousine operators.
The proposal would also give airports the authority to
supersede the state Public Utilities Commission, which
currently regulates the limousine industry throughout the
Brown, of La Costa Limousine in Carlsbad, urged operators
to join with the GCLA to fight any proposal to allow city-
The measure, which has been introduced in the state
Legislature, was written as an effort to give teeth to
city’s enforcement departments and to help eliminate gypsy
operators, according to the bill’s authors.
Brown said the proposal would not stop bandit operators,
but will only make it more difficult for legitimate
operators to run their businesses by increasing costs and
“This is completely unreasonable,” he said. “If the cities
want more power to enforce the law, then we should have
them enforce the PUC code. We all want the bandit operators
out of business but this is clearly not the answer.”
Contact the GCLA at www.gcla.org.