Seattle Battles Illegal Limo Operators

Posted on December 14, 2011

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Seattle City Council voted unanimously on December 12, 2011 to give the city authority to enforce state laws governing limousines. Oversight of limousines is the responsibility of state agencies but funding issues have made enforcement difficult. As a result, illegal operators conduct their business at the expense of compliant operators and customer safety.

The new bill, C.B. 117358, gives the City of Seattle new enforcement responsibilities and adds sections to the Seattle Municipal Code outlining regulations, programming and fees. The bill also authorizes the city to accept up to $130,000 from the state to carry out this new body of work.

“For far too long the safety of our citizens and the livelihood of taxicab and law abiding limousine drivers have been compromised due to lack of industry oversight,” said Councilmember Jean Godden, chair of the Finance and Budget Committee.

The city will begin its regulation of the limousine industry in January 2012.

Related article: Washington Limo Bill To Level Playing Field

Source: Seattle City Council

Related Topics: illegal operators, industry regulations, regulatory enforcement, Washington operators

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  •  | about 8 years ago

    I would like to add that the issue moved through the Seattle City Council Finance Committee hearing with no opposition. During the hearing, Councilmember Godden remarked that it is rare for an issue that began so contentiously to be worked out to such a degree that no opposition would arise at such a hearing. Kudos to the City of Seattle, especially the Consumer Affairs division, the Puget Sound Limousine Association, the Limousine Association of Washington State, the Washington State Department of Licensing, and countless small business owners who made this legislation a reality.

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