Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 21, 2014

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MnDOT, State Patrol inspect passenger-carrying vehicles

Checkpoints include destination areas for motor coaches, party buses and limousines

ST. PAUL, Minn.  -  Inspection of 28 passenger vehicles by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol resulted in 29 equipment and driver violations at the Mall of America and the International Market Square on May 17.

The inspections were part of a saturation of buses, limousines and other passenger-carrying vehicles during prom and graduation season.

The violations resulted in two vehicles and two drivers being placed out of service, according to Becky Ellinghuysen, supervisor of safety and security operations in the Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations.

The State Patrol also cited seven underage prom goers for minor alcohol consumption.

“Our saturations ensure passenger transportation is being provided by authorized carriers using qualified drivers and safe vehicles,” Ellinghuysen said.

The Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicles Operations licenses and regulates more than 400 limousines and 350 passenger carriers in the state. Ellinghuysen encourages people renting vehicles to make sure the company they use is in good standing and has a ‘satisfactory’ rating before booking their trip.

To verify the status of a passenger carrier, call 651-215-6330.