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Orlando Operators Focus on Stepped-Up DOT Enforcement

Posted on January 21, 2014

Central Florida operators gather Jan. 14 for a meeting of the Greater Olrando Limousine Association.
Central Florida operators gather Jan. 14 for a meeting of the Greater Olrando Limousine Association.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Concerns about stepped-up enforcement of the U.S. Department of Transportation requiring all Florida operators to meet Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) regulations was the main focus at the Jan. 14 monthly meeting of the Greater Orlando Limousine Association (GOLA).

The CSA safety and compliance regulations are designated for vehicles with 9-12 passengers. Furthermore, the DOT compliance regulations require operators to maintain records on driver qualification, hours of service, vehicle files and maintenance records, pre-inspections, and roadside inspections, in addition to other vehicle and driver mandates.

Although CSA compliance regulations are in effect nationally, enforcement has been soft in Florida until the state recently handed over enforcement to the Florida Highway Patrol.

GOLA members raised concerns because operators are being stopped by the highway patrol, who members say are often not always clear on the regulations, creating confusion among operators who have not yet complied with the regulations.

Now aware of the increased enforcement throughout the state — and fines for not being compliant — the conversation among members focused on becoming CSA compliant to avoid unnecessary stops, inspections and penalties.

Source: Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor

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