Limousine Drivers in Southern California
One of the least known categories of professional driving is the limousine (limo) driver; sometimes referred to as a “Chauffeur.” Limo drivers navigate the freeways and surface streets of every metropolitan city and suburb. Limo drivers are responsible for delivering actors to the Oscars, rock stars to concerts and our most wealthy citizens to lavish events. Limo drivers also work diligently to ensure honeymoons begin without delay, anniversaries are special, and that high school proms are never forgotten.
Limo drivers, and to some extent taxi drivers, know every back road and short cut to get their passengers delivered to their destination safely and on time. Limo and Taxi drivers know the location of the best restaurants and sports bars in town. Essentially, this class of professional driver can drive a car, get you the best cup of coffee, and whisk you to the hottest events in town.
Driver License Requirements
While many states do place specific training and licensing standards on limousine and taxi drivers, California only requires that this category of driver maintain a valid Class C license. Unless the driver is operating a vehicle designed to carry more than 10 passengers (including the driver), a Commercial Driver License (CDL) is not required.
Local or County government may establish specific requirements for a limo or taxi driver; such as the attendance at a particular defensive driving course. Also, specific employers may establish requirements which hold their drivers to a higher standard than the everyday driver.
Losing Your Driver license
Even though the State of California does not hold limousine and taxi drivers to the same standard as a truck driver or bus driver, the DMV will still suspend or revoke your driver license in an instant if they believe they have reason. The California Department of Motor Vehicles frequently exercises its power to strip limousine and taxi drivers of their driving privilege with absolutely no regard to the impact on that person’s life. The DMV will not consider the loss of a job, the loss of one’s home, or the impact the license suspension has on your loved ones.
If you discover that the DMV has set its sights on you, call CDA immediately. Fighting the DMV can be confusing, frustrating, and frightening. You don’t have to fight alone. We can Help!
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