Puerto Rico Public Service Commission warns those operating without a permit
SAN JUAN – In a release Monday, the president of Puerto Rico’s Public Service Commission (CSP by its Spanish initials), Luis García Fraga, reminds that the moratorium on authorizations granted during the emergency caused by Hurricane María expired Nov. 17., thus operating without the required permits will result in a fine.
“Given the expiration of the moratorium that was granted, CSP inspectors and other public order agents will be intervening with anyone who offers a public service without authorization from the Commission, as well as with anyone who operates a unit under our jurisdiction that does not comply with the security requirements set forth in the regulations. The CSP will issue the corresponding administrative fines for any violation,” the official warned.
Executive Order 22-2017 establishes the reinstatement of authorization requirements, providing a period to correct violations, and rendering Oct. 24’s Executive Order 21-2017, which decreed a moratorium on the authorizations granted by the CSP, null and void.
He explained that the agency grants a 15-day period to correct violations found, including the administrative fine for not being authorized to operate by the CSP. In the case of an “Out of service” decree, the unit may not operate until it is re-inspected and approved as safe by agency inspectors.
“The CSP is already operating normally and all our personnel will be ensuring compliance with all our rules and regulations. Any person who does not have CSP permits for operations that require them is subject to an administrative fine and / or the cancellation of their permit,” García Fraga stressed.