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LAX officials crack down on taxi, van and limo drivers

September 19, 2013|By Angel Jennings
  • Law enforcement randomly inspected taxis, limousines and buses for appropriate permits and licenses during a sting operation Thursday at LAX. Taxis are shown lined up at Los Angeles International Airport in this file photo from March 2011.
Law enforcement randomly inspected taxis, limousines and buses for appropriate… (Michael Robinson Chavez…)

Limousine, taxi and van drivers were subjected to a pat-down of sorts at LAX on Thursday morning as law enforcement randomly inspected commercial ground transportation vehicles.

The sting operation occurred at three locations around the busy airport from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Commercial ground transportation vehicles were checked for licensing, registration, and operating permits. The multi-agency enforcement team also checked safety equipment, such as braking systems and passenger seat belts, to make sure they were in working order.

"This is an extra step we take to protect the traveling public to ensure that they are safe when they are utilizing our ground transportation services," said Sgt. Belinda Nettles.

The annual inspection includes the Los Angeles Airport Police Commercial Enforcement and Motors units, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Highway Patrol, and the LAX Airport Operations Ground Transportation Section.  

Drivers of noncompliant vehicles were issued citations or impounded.

The number of citations is expected to be released Thursday afternoon.

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