FCC proposes fine against taxi company for illegal transmissions

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a $20,000 fine against a Florida taxi operator who failed to cease operating an unlicensed radio transmitter, despite receiving multiple verbal warnings from FCC field agents.

According to a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture issued by the Commission in September 2010, American Taxi Shuttle and Limo, Inc. of Daytona Beach, FL repeatedly transmitted unlicensed radio communications on the 152.3900 MHz frequency in late 2009.  The taxi company owner reportedly told FCC agents that the radio transmitters, along with the right to operate on the 152.3900 frequency, had been purchased from The Plaza Resort & Spa for use in his taxi operation.  However, the owner was unable to provide the FCC with written documentation supporting his claim, and The Plaza Resort & Spa denied that any agreement to transmit on their assigned frequency had been reached.

Despite repeated verbal warnings from FCC agents that continued transmission on the contested frequencies was in violation of FCC rules, and verbal instructions to cease such transmissions, the taxi company continued its transmissions, ultimately resulting in the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and the proposed fine.

Read the complete text of the Commission’s Notice of Apparent Liability against American Taxi Shuttle and Limo for unlicensed radio transmissions.