Regulations

Bill Would Let Seattle Enforce Limo Regulations

Posted on March 3, 2010 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

SEATTLE — State lawmakers inched one step closer this week to granting the city of Seattle long-sought authority to crack down on for-hire Town Car drivers who illegally operate without licenses or insurance and put consumers at risk.

For years, a growing number of fancy, for-hire Lincoln Town Cars have been operated illegally on Seattle streets, taking business from taxis and legitimate limo companies who follow the law, city officials say. But the city's taxi regulators have been unable to take action against town cars because the state Department of Licensing has jurisdiction. The state, however, does not have enough people or money to consistently investigate violations on city streets.

On Monday, the Senate Transportaton Committee voted 9-3 to approve Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1775, which would allow Seattle's Consumer Affairs office to assume the same enforcement authority over Town Cars and limousines that it wields over the taxi industry.

"This issue is all about enforcement. DOL does not have the resources to provide on-steet enforcement. This has created a serious problem in downtown Seattle where illegal limousines operate all day, every day," said Denise Movius, Seattle's director of Revenue and Consumer Affairs division, during Monday's committee hearing.

The bill already passed the state House of Representatives last month and now heads to the Senate Rules Committee, where lawmakers must decide whether it should get a full vote on the Senate floor. The legislative session ends March 11.

The legislation, introduced by state Rep. Scott White, D-Seattle, is supported by Seattle taxi drivers and the Puget Sound Limo Association, which worked with legislators on the issue. By transferring regulatory authority from the state to the city, there likely would be better consumer protections and stronger enforcement against violations by Town Car drivers who illegally solicit passengers outside train stations, hotels and Colman Dock.

Article continues here on the SEATTLE LIMOUSINE LAWS.

Source: Scott Gutierrez, SeattlePI.com staff

View comments or post a comment on this story. (2 Comments)

More News

Bus Permits For Jan. 21 Women's March Grows

The amount is fluid and could change, but fall far below the number for Obama's Inauguration in 2009.

Two New Jersey Bills Could Help Limo Industry

A TNC bill and repeal of the sales tax on limousine companies await Gov. Christie’s signature.

Feds Set Up Committee To Steer Automated Tech

The transportation department says it's necessary to “prepare for infrastructure needs in the coming years.”

Feds Clarify Rules For Passenger Buses And Vans

The latest guidance from the FMCSA covers hotel, employer, education, and faith-based transportation, among others.

NJ Legislators Should Support TNC Driver Fingerprint Checks

EDITORIAL: A new bill has hidden consequences for the ground transportation industry.

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (2)

Post a Comment

Submit

Blogs

See More

See More

See More

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - January 2017 $12.95 THE MONEY ISSUE COVER STORY: * Dashboard Helps Steer Company Finances * *



Connect

Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close