State law requires limos for hire to be registered in Georgia and driven by registered Georgia limo drivers -- a law public safety officials reminded the limousine association of back in August.
Greene said he knew about the rules but thought the state would allow an exception, as he says it did during the 1996 Olympics and the 2000 Super Bowl. McDonough said he has no knowledge any such exceptions were granted in those events.
Amy Patterson, vice president of operations and logistics for the host committee, said in a letter to McDonough that she fears the limo shortage will become a “viral news story” and “a black eye for the state.”
McDonough said at last count there were 498 limo companies registered in Georgia, with a total of 706 vehicles. That “absolutely” ought to be enough, he said.
Greene disagrees, because some of the companies are small operations that are scattered across the state. He doubts drivers from Valdosta will make the trek to Atlanta.
Greene said he learned about two weeks ago of the impending trouble and had hoped to find a fix by now. Now that he hasn’t, he said he’s hoping companies don’t have to break contracts they have made to drive around the rich and famous during the Super Bowl.
Either way, he’s hoping to talk with officials after the game about how to avoid such a situation for future special occasions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.