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LAX taxi sweep results in 71 citations

Surprise inspection of cabs, limos and vans was looking for safety and license compliance.

October 08, 2009|Associated Press

Police have issued 71 citations, and two vehicles have been impounded after a surprise inspection of taxis, limos and vans at Los Angeles International Airport.

Officials said airport police and other agencies checked 308 door-to-door shuttles and long-distance vans for safety violations, operating permits and driver's licenses Wednesday morning.

Law enforcement agents checked braking systems, seat belts, headlights and other safety systems.

Nine drivers were cited for serious mechanical problems, improper insurance, driving without the right kind of license and not having valid Public Utilities Commission permits.

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