Dealing with Airport Administration Problems

LCT Magazine
Posted on April 16, 2008
The pressure on chauffeured transporation companies from airport administrators keeps getting worse. While it was great that U.S. Congress passed the RIDE Act a few years ago, the problem is getting U.S. airports to understand the legal rights of transportation companies serving airport users. It's also difficult to get airports to follow state policies that govern the industry and generally have more authority than airport rules. The presentation on these issues last night at the Greater California Livery Association meeting brought hope and relief to audience members. GCLA lobbyist Greg Cook talked about new regulations at San Diego and San Francisco airports, and negotiations with LAX administrators to make their comprehensive rule change proposal more efficient and realistic for transportation companies. San Diego is now requiring chauffeurs to wear ID badges and San Francisco is charging a $250 fine if chauffeurs are not wearing their required ID badges. GCLA lobbyists have been in recent discussions with the overseeing Public Utilities Commission and with state legislators. According to Cook, this may lead to new California statewide regulations that also include airports, which would greatly benefit the airport transportation practices of chauffeured transportation companies. LCT will keep following this story and update our readers. Let us know if there are any problematic airport issues in your area.
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  • Glen Marzillo

     | about 11 years ago

    The problems with local airport administrations goes much deeper than chauffeurs wearing ID's. The situation with their ignoring the state authority to regulate the industry, charging illegal fees to operators, and the preferential treatment of taxi companies when picking up passengers curbside. If a livery car sits at the curb at LAX for more than 30 seconds, the driver is made to leave, or is subject to being cited, yet taxi's can sit for hours waiting for a passenger if necessary. It is appalling that the industry that provides a higher revenue stream through trip ticket fees and administrative charges is relegated to second class status. In addition, most major airports have designated parking in the terminal garages for livery vehicles, LA area airports do not. I know this is just the tip of the iceberg, but if we don't address issues, the airports will just keep pushing more and more.

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