LOS ANGELES — With prom and graduation season underway, California’s more than 6,000 licensed limousine companies — operating more than 35,000 vehicles from sedans and Town Cars to stretch limousines and luxury buses — are ready to provide chauffeured transportation with the highest standards of safety and security, the President of the Greater California Livery Association (GCLA) said today.
“California limousine operators have an exemplary safety record,” said Mark Stewart. “From the selection and supervision of their chauffeurs to the rigorous inspections and maintenance of their well-maintained and carefully inspected commercial vehicles, GCLA members provide high-quality transportation services to tens of thousands of guests each year, safely transporting them more than 400 million miles on the state’s freeways and roads.”
Stewart noted that California limousine companies, known as charter-party carriers, are licensed and regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). They must adhere to strict safety and service regulations that protect the public, and ensure a high quality transportation experience. The CPUC issues operating authority to companies (except taxicabs) that are for hire to transport passengers, including charter buses and limousines. Companies must display their CPUC file number on their vehicles and in advertisements; for example, “PSC 1234” or “TCP 1234.”
The CPUC requires a minimum of $750,000 public liability and property damage insurance, and depending on how many passengers the vehicle will seat, the CPUC may require more insurance, up to $5,000,000. Drivers must be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. The GCLA recommends consumers review the CPUC’s 10 Roads to a Smooth Ride: Everything You Need to Know Before You Rent a Limousine on the agency’s website.
Source: Greater California Livery Association (GCLA)