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Beware of Limousine Drivers Soliciting And Posing As Taxi Drivers At All George Bush Intercontinental Airport Terminals.

Although there is a Houston City Ordinance prohibiting solicitation at Houston Airports, the City of Houston does nothing to enforce this City Ordinance when it comes to controlling the limousine drivers from soliciting at the terminals.

When is the City of Houston going to start enforcing the City Ordinance on NO solicitation at the airport?

As a taxi driver, I do know the situation with the Limousine drivers soliciting at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport terminals. I hear complaints all the time from my customers who have been approached by these limousine drivers (and/or by their meeters and greeters) and asked if they need a taxi. I know that if any Houston taxi driver did the same exact solicitation as the limousine drivers, the taxi drivers would probably be arrested on the spot. 

Dear Customers----please be assured that when you are approached by a well dressed person inside the terminals, asking you if you need a taxi, you are being solicited by a limousine driver (and/or by their meeters and greeters) and not a taxi driver. Limousine drivers in Houston do not have taxis, they have town cars, limos and an assortment of other vehicles. Limousine drivers do not charge taxi rates, they charge rates that are more expensive than taxi rates. Taxi drivers are not allowed to solicit inside the terminals and limo drivers are not allowed to solicit inside the terminals. These limousine drivers  (and/or their meeters and greeters) are violating the city ordinance that prohibits solicitation in the airport terminals.

There is rampant illegal solicitation caused by shuttle personnel and limousine drivers stealing pre-arranged trips from taxis when confirmed trip customer reaches baggage claim area at all terminals. There is a city ordinance prohibiting any solicitation at the terminals in the airports. It is against the law for shuttle drivers and limousine drivers to solicit customers at the airport terminals.

To find a taxi at all of the terminals, go to the baggage claim area and go out the doors located in that area. Then look for the "Taxi Booth". At the "Taxi Booth" you will find taxis there. If none are there, then tell the ground transportation person in the "Taxi Booth" that you want a taxi.

The limousine drivers  (and/or their meeters and greeters) at George Bush Intercontinental have the full run of the terminals while all of the taxi drivers sit in a staging parking lot that is located about a mile away from the terminals.

Remember, after all, it was a limousine driver who shot and hurt people at the LAX airport. Why does George Bush Intercontinental Airport create the security risk with letting the limousine drivers  (and/or their meeters and greeters) stay on the terminals and in the terminals? Why aren't the limousine drivers placed in the same location as the taxi drivers? 

Will someone tell me why the City of Houston is NOT enforcing the City Ordinance on solicitation at and inside the George Bush Intercontinental Airport?

It would only be fair if the City of Houston would make all limousine drivers  (and/or their meeters and greeters) post at a staging parking lot, away from the terminals, along with the taxi drivers. 

Why do the limousine drivers have the privilege to be on and in the terminals while all the taxi drivers sit at a staging parking lot which is located a mile away from the terminals?

Just remember that ALL Houston Taxis are located at a staging parking lot about a mile away from the terminals. If you need a taxi, then you need to go to the baggage claim area, at all terminals, go out the doors in that area and go to the "Taxi Booth". Tell the ground transportation person that you want a taxi. You will not be able to get a taxi from inside the terminals. 

 


 
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