HARRISBURG – As prom and wedding seasons approach, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) urges consumers to check the backgrounds of limousine carriers to verify that they are authorized and properly insured. Using unauthorized transportation services could result in unsafe travel, high rates and unreliable service.
“Traveling to and from prom, a wedding or special event should be stress-free and enjoyable, with no question that safety and adequate insurance are guaranteed,” said PUC Chairman Gladys M. Brown. “Before booking a limousine service, we urge consumers to take a few moments to double-check that the company is certificated by the PUC.”
Pennsylvania limousine services outside of the city of Philadelphia are required to obtain a PUC certificate of public convenience for transporting passengers within the state. The PUC monitors certificated carriers for driver and vehicle safety, insurance coverage, rates, territory and customer service. Carriers must charge rates in accordance with their official tariff on file with the PUC.
The PUC recommends that consumers do not sign a contract for a limousine service that does not hold a PUC certificate number. Services without that number may not legally provide transportation service within the state, outside of Philadelphia, and may not be properly insured.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority has jurisdiction over limousines providing services within Philadelphia city limits, as well as from an airport, railroad station or hotel located in Philadelphia. Limousine carriers may hold operating authority from both the PUC and the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
For more information, consumers may visit the PUC website. To check the status of a carrier or check its violation history, consumers may contact the PUC toll free at 1-800-692-7380, or they may call one of the district offices closest to where the transportation will take place:
Division Headquarters 717-783-5010
Additionally, consumers can view the complaint histories of certificated carriers. The search feature on the PUC’s website allows consumers to find and view formal complaints filed against all regulated entities.
Consumers should view complaints as only one measure of a company’s customer service. Complaints could concern billing issues, difficulty contacting the company, dissatisfaction with service or other issues. Consumers can search by company name, utility code or carrier ID. Complaints found on the database are formal complaints only; informal complaints filed with the Commission are not part of the public record.
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