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Legislation Passes Regarding Limo Safety

New York has a law that generally requires a carrier to obtain “Operating Authority” from the New York State Department of Transportation when passengers are carried for compensation. Inside New York City, these operators are generally licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. These entities endeavor to ensure that drivers are properly trained, vehicles are safe, and passengers will reach their destinations safely. In the wake of two deadly limousine accidents, one that killed 22 people; however, the family members of victims are asking for more safety measures. The New York State Senate finally passed some legislation regarding the issue, according to Buffalo News.

Last Thursday, the New York State Senate passed a nine-bill package intended to make improvements to the safety of the limousine industry. The changes came as part of a push by family members of 20 people who were killed 8 months ago in a limousine crash in Schoharie County.

Relatives of those killed in a 2015 Long Island limousine crash also pushed for the changes.

Only three of the Senate bills have matching legislation in the State Assembly. The measures passed include requiring stretch limos to have GPS systems on board and increasing penalties for traffic infractions.

Other initiatives include expanding the drug-and-alcohol testing of limousine drivers. There is also a bill to create a state hotline for reporting safety and customer service issues.

Another bill includes requirements for seat belts in large limousines as well as requiring drivers who operate limos carrying nine or more passengers to have a CDL. The bill would also increase the state’s ability to impound or immobilize limousines that have a defect that would put the vehicle out of service.

 

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