step 6 correspondence from Larry Bowers and reply

date Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 3:22 PM subject RE: Handi Van Inc.’s appeal to set aside conflicting inspection report mailed-by

Ms. Walker:

On behalf of the Department of Airports, I have reviewed your appeal regarding the rejection of inspection of your 1993 van, fleet number 07.  I am denying your request to overlook the equipment deficiencies noted on your inspection report and find that the vehicle inspection and notice of rejection was proper.  If you choose to bring the vehicle to standards, you may contact the ground transportation office to schedule a re-inspection.  If the vehicle passes the re-inspection, we will remove the rejection sticker and install a new AVI tag for airport operations.

Larry Bowers


from Lee Anne Walker <>
date Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 2:29 AM
subject Handi Van is Grinched! We should have appealed to Santa.
hide details Dec 27 (4 days ago)

Dear Mr. Bowers,

Re: contradictory inspection reports on same vehicle

I agree the December 8 inspection was proper. But so was the one on November 29.  There is so much discretionary power when looking at working commercial vehicles that just about any thing can be failed.

The preliminary estimate for the cosmetic makeover required by the December 8 inspection is open-ended at $5,000 to $10,000 because it is so totally a custom van. A re-inspection after the makeover might yield yet another to-do list.

We were hoping in the spirit of Christmas and the City Council’s willingness to look at grace periods for getting into compliance with the new 360,000 mile limit on ground transportation vehicles, that you would give us a break and work with  us based on the more favorable inspection.  You are the one all-powerful guy who could do it without our having to go to anyone else.  I and my employees would not have spent Christmas worrying whether after 26 years I can or should try to stay in business.  At this rate I could be replacing all my vehicles at inspection in the next few months, although they have passed up to now. Grace periods are meaningless if vehicles are knocked out of service at inspection.

We all know we are not talking about a new van here, and it needs to be replaced under the age rule in the taxi reform this year or next.  But there is a recession on, new ADA wheelchair vans are in the $40,000 range, and we do not know yet how much the new taxi ordinance is going to hurt us by requiring taxis to also run wheelchair vans at taxi rates.  We will still be needed by people more disabled than can get out to the curb for a taxi but we will be affected.

I should have been appealing to Santa for a new van.


Lee Anne Walker


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