State auditor dings CPUC on passenger carriers

by John Seiler | June 17, 2014 1:53 pm

Los Angeles freeway, wikimediaThe California Public Utilities Commission is supposed to look out for consumers. But the California Auditor just found they have done a bad job regulating “passenger carriers” — such as limousines.

The CPUC does this through its Transformation Enforcement Branch. But the audit found:[1]

The auditor recommended the CPUC “should develop policies and procedures for receiving complaints and investigating passenger carriers by December 31, 2014.” The CPUC should prioritize complaints. And other reforms.

But a key factor was unaddressed: Why doesn’t the Legislature just fold the CPUC’s regulation of passenger carriers into the state Department of Transportation[2]? Doing so would avoid duplication and provide a bit of regulatory relief to California companies.

And why is it, exactly, that rich people need to be regulated in their use of limos? Can’t they take care of that themselves?

In any case, according to the auditor’s report, the CPUC has agreed to make the changes.

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  2. state Department of Transportation:

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