The “basket case” state’s government agencies are running behind in issuing permanent livery licenses to operators because of furloughs and budget cuts.
LOS ANGELES — California operators buying new livery vehicles are encountering delays of five to six months to get permanent livery plates because of a backlog of license orders exacerbated by recession-era cutbacks, closures, and furloughs at the Department of Motor Vehicles and other regulating state agencies.
Some of that hassle is being alleviated now that the state is allowing temporary livery letters from the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION to be good for six months, instead of three months, which had forced operators to keep renewing them until their permanent license plates arrived. Such valid letters enable operators to get “red stickers” at the DMV that then enable them to get the authorized access to pick up and drop off clients at airports.
No valid livery letter or red sticker = No airport permission.
Once an operator gets a permanent livery license plate, it is valid for as long as the operator has the vehicle. But until then, operators are at the mercy of valid PUC livery letters and DMV red stickers to get the airport permits.
Most livery letters from the PUC can be obtained within seven to 10 days of vehicle purchase. Good dealers typically handle the related paperwork at the time of vehicle purchase.
— Martin Romjue, LCT Magazine