RI Freezes Minimum Charge On Limo Rides For Now

Nov 11, 2013

New rules regarding the operation of limousines and other non-taxi public sedans go into effect Monday.  The state Public Utilities Commission will hold off on enforcing a controversial provision of the new rules.

A spokesman for the state Public Utilities Commission said they will not enforce a $40 minimum charge on limousine rides until a court weighs in on the issue. Four limousine companies have sued the PUC over the new minimum, scheduled to take effect today. Attorney Michael Horan, who represents the plaintiffs, said the minimum makes no sense in a small state where rides often cost much less.

"You know in their dealings they have a lot of trips they do in the course of a day that are under $40. The $40 minimum they’re going to lose a lot of business and a lot of good customers," said Horan.

Other provisions of the new rule regarding limousine operation will be enforced immediately, including vehicle maintenance regulations.

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