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Published: February 23, 2012
On March 24, 2010, just 10 days after the Pfeiffer accident, Lamb was given a notice of violation for failing to maintain insurance on four of his vehicles; the insurance had expired on Aug. 10, 2009. On Aug. 18, 2010, he was issued a violation for switching city permit decals between his vehicles; that violation also included the fact that a new insurance policy for the vehicle in question – permit number 5179, tag number I31-HRW – was not insured before March 26, 2010, when an insurance policy was renewed. On Dec. 9, 2011, Lamb was again issued a violation for canceled insurance, this time just 10 days after the O-Cart’s coverage had lapsed.
Adler says that at one of the resulting hearings that Lamb was required to attend in 2010, he brought an attorney along who convinced a new administrator that it was a misunderstanding – Lamb had worked out a payment plan with the insurance company – and, in response, Lamb was issued a warning.
According to Adler, the city currently works under a three-strike rule, but those three strikes have to be within the same year. Three violations in one year and the permit to operate is rescinded. Adler says that the department is working toward stricter rules, but it’s not clear how that would affect Lamb.
“From what I was told way back before I became supervisor, Corey Lamb came in with an O-Cart. There was no registration for it. They classified it as a shuttle van,” he says. “They were permitted as a shuttle; they shouldn’t have been.”
Actually, says Adler, they probably shouldn’t have been permitted at all. Lamb has since registered and permitted his vehicles as the city requires, but he’s done so in a haphazard way.
“One of my guys said, ‘Hey, I’m going to call the insurance company,’” he says. “[Lamb] had gotten insurance, but he claimed he was doing advertising and not vehicle for hire. Come March, his insurance is going to expire. Either he’s going to get insurance from another company or he’s not going to renew.”
Adler also admits that insurance companies aren’t always diligent about notifying the city when insurance policies are canceled. “A lot of times, that doesn’t happen,” he says.
But if there are departmental concerns about Lamb’s O-Cartz, you wouldn’t know it from talking to Mayor Buddy Dyer.
“We require insurance; they should tell us [if it’s canceled],” he says, referring to the fact that vehicle-for-hire insurance policies name the city as a party in the insurance policy and therefore the city should receive notice. “Whenever it’s dropped, if you have three violations in a year, the permit gets revoked. On this, I don’t know the specifics on whether he had insurance or didn’t have insurance.”
Dyer says that Campbell should probably be culpable for the incident; if not Campbell, then Lamb. The former has little or no money; the latter is funded by the city. It doesn’t help that Dyer is pictured on the O-Cartz website posing with Lamb next to an O-Cart in front of City Hall. But Dyer says that’s far from a sign of endorsement of Lamb’s business practices.
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