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Inspections increased at LAX for commercial passenger vehicles

June 28, 2012 | 11:22 am

Airport police inspect a car trunk at LAX.

Law enforcement agencies have begun unannounced inspections of commercial passenger vehicles that serve Los Angeles International Airport, including limousines, shuttle vans, buses and taxis.

The airport police department, California Highway Patrol, the state Public Utilities Commission and LAX officials are conducting the inspections to ensure that vehicles are mechanically sound and the operators hold proper licenses and LAX permits. They also will check for vehicle code violations.

Although airport police monitor commercial ground transportation year-round, officials said inspections are being stepped up to enhance public safety during the peak summer travel season.

Under the program, vehicles and their operators could be subject to citations or banned from the nation’s third-busiest airport if serious problems are found.

Last year, LAX handled more than 59 million passengers, representing a substantial market for commercial operations.

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Photo: Airport police inspect a car trunk at LAX. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times

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