What does TCP on a Limo Stand for? How Do I get a TCP#?
TCP stands for Transportation Charter Permit. A ground transportation company may apply for a TCP Number at any time from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC.) A valid TCP Number is required for charter vehicles to operate in the same way insurance and registration is required for normal drivers. Once a TCP number is assigned, it enables vehicles to be chartered specifically for individuals or groups for business or pleasure. TCP numbers are issued by the California Public Utilities Commission to ground transportation companies that meet the criteria for up to date insurance requirements, current registration and driver safety. TCP numbers should appear in printed material and advertising from the company (such as business cards) and should always be displayed on each company vehicle. The Public Utilities Commission monitors the status of each company and updates their web site with the status of each participating ground transportation company. You may (and should!) check the status of a company’s authority to operate in California with the Public Utilities Commission.
If you would like to look up an existing TCP # to see the status, there is a search function here
If you would like to file a complaint against a carrier you can download the form from the California PUC.
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After a vehicle is assigned a TCP Number, the company itself must comply with other considerations such as participating the DMV Employer Pull-Notice System. Carriers must also participate in the PUC’s drug and alcohol testing program. Additionally, any vehicle seating more than ten is subject to a CHP safety inspection.
And for those of you who really want to know what’s what here’s another fact: Did you know California law provides three types of certificates and three types of permits? Oh yes.
The Class A permit allows a ground transportation company to operate anywhere in the state. This enables round-trip sightseeing services from San Diego to San Francisco and anywhere else in between. This permit makes long distance trips & round trips possible.
The Class B certificate enables a car service to operate within a radius of 125 air miles of the carrier’s home terminal to any other point within the state of California.
The Class C certificate allows ground transportation services specific to commercial balloon operations, commercial river rafting or skiing.
And now on to the Permits!
The “P” permit restricts a car service to use only vehicles with under 15-passenger capacity.
The “S” permit is granted to companies for round-trip sightseeing services.
The “Z” permit is even more specialized. It provides services not offered to the general public such as transportation regarding business, governmental agencies and private schools. Under its umbrella is included the transportation of agricultural workers to and from farms.
For more information on acquiring your own TCP. Contact the California PUC.
Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
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