SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

Los Angeles World Airports

October 07, 2009 11:12 ET

Multi-Agency Law Enforcement Action at Los Angeles Airport Enhances Public Safety for Users of Ground Transportation

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) -

WHAT:    Multi-agency inspection operation is currently underway at LAX
         with unannounced inspections of commercial ground transportation
         vehicles (limousines, taxis, vans, etc.). Inspections of
         commercial vehicles include both mechanical and administrative
         processes. Los Angeles Airport Police Ground Transportation
         Enforcement Unit, California Public Utilities Commission, Los
         Angeles Department of Transportation and Los Angeles World
         Airports Landside Operations are concentrating on proper licensing
         (PUC permits and valid drivers licenses), airport operating
         permits, and other law enforcement related issues. Enforcement
         units are also concentrating on braking systems, passenger
         restraints and other safety systems required to be in good
         working order.

WHY:     To enhance safety of general public who use commercial ground
         transportation. Air travelers are a significant audience for
         commercial ground transportation providers. In 2008, Airport
         Police arrested numerous "bandit" drivers operating illegally at
         LAX, removed 246 commercial ground transportation vehicles and
         cited 432 drivers for various violations of the Public Utility
         Commission and the Los Angeles Municipal Code.

WHEN:    NOW - 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
         Wednesday, October 7, 2009

WHO:     Los Angeles Airport Police Ground Transportation Enforcement Unit
         California Public Utilities Commission
         Los Angeles World Airports Permits Unit
         Los Angeles Department of Transportation
         Available speaker: Los Angeles Airport Police Lieutenant Tyrone

WHERE:   At Los Angeles International Airport:
         LAX Limousine Lot at the intersection of Alverstone and 96th

VISUALS: Mechanics under cars, many commercial vehicles being inspected.
         Airport Police and other organizations using portable computers to
         check vehicle licenses, registrations and operating permits.

Contact Information

    Airport Police
    Public Information Officer
    Sgt. Ernest Cruz
    (310) 877-2200