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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulates all passenger carriers, such as limousine services, airport shuttles and interstate bus lines. Virtually all forms of passenger transportation for which compensation is paid (except taxi cabs which are subject to municipal regulation) are subject to the CPUC's jurisdiction - even many sightseeing tours or other tourist/recreation forms of transportation in California.

Whether the passenger carrier’s fares are subject to CPUC regulation will depend on the specific nature of the service. But all carriers must properly document the satisfaction of liability insurance requirements and the enrollment of their drivers in the "pull notice" program of the California Department of Motor Vehicles. These requirements are strictly enforced. The CPUC staff will order companies to cease operations immediately if the proper documentation is not in place. Goodin MacBride attorneys have extensive experience assisting carriers in ensuring that their operations conform to Commission requirements, and in avoiding operational interruptions in California.

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