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Illegal Operator Fined Thousands in Pittsburgh

LCT Staff
Posted on October 31, 2007

PITTSBURGH — A state agency recently fined a man $10,000 for operating a limousine service without a proper certificate.

The state Public Utility Commission fined Donald Bailey, whose last known address was Bethel Park, for offering to provide transportation without holding a certification of public convenience.

The commission requires limousine and taxi services to obtain the state certification to ensure a company has met state safety and insurance standards. The agency's complaint shows Bailey provided transportation from Aug. 1, 2005, to Nov. 30, 2005, and was paid between $62.50 to $225 per trip. Bailey had 364 trips on 115 days over four months, receiving $23,275, according to the complaint.

Bailey worked as a driver for Quality Limousine at the time and was using company vehicles to privately transport passengers without Quality Limousine's knowledge, owner Marco Tralongo said.

"He did his own thing with my vehicles," Tralongo said.

The commission's attempts to find Bailey were unsuccessful, as letters sent to his last known address were returned and marked "unable to forward."

SOURCE: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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