“CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL VISITS STARDUST CRUISES LIMOUSINES”
Safety of commercial vehicles on the road prompted a visit to Stardust Cruises Limousines by California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Rose. Officer Rose is a liaison with the Commercial Industry Education Program (CIEP), and was an invited guest speaker at the July Safety Meeting of Stardust Cruises Limousines.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) joined forces to establish the CIEP to help the commercial industry be safe, informed, educated, and in compliance with California laws and regulations. Assigned to the Coastal Division, Officer Rose presented an hour long PowerPoint presentation, followed by a question and answer period.
“Stardust Cruises Limousines was invited by the CHP to attend an educational meeting presented to limousine services with the intention of reducing impaired driving in Santa Barbara’s wine country. We heard one of Officer Rose’s presentations at that meeting, and we were impressed. We asked him to speak to our staff at our next Safety Meeting” states Susie Martin, President and co-owner of the Santa Maria based service, and winner of the 2006 LCT Operator of the Year award. “Stardust Cruises is committed to safety. All employees attend our Safety Meetings, not just chauffeurs. Even our office staff learned valuable information.”
Rose presented information about Commercial Driver’s Licensing requirements, the Department of Motor Vehicles Pull Program, sanctions for violations by commercial drivers, signs of intoxication, and recognizing fake identification. The FMCSA recognizes three vehicles in the Stardust Fleet as buses, requiring a Class B license with a Passenger Endorsement. “Our employees were very interested in Officer Rose’s presentation. The question and answer period lasted nearly an hour! They asked him every question in the book. He was very informative” reports Ken Martin, co-owner of the limousine service.
According to Officer Rose, the CIEP offers commercial transportation companies free training in a variety of areas, including pre-trip inspections, hours-of-service regulations, and driver safety rules of the road. The Statewide Coordinator of the CIEP can be reached at (916) 445-1865 and offers information in Spanish, as well as English. “I would recommend this program to any business that hires commercial drivers,” states Susie Martin. “It was a real eye-opener for our employees. They take their responsibilities and their profession more seriously now.”
Stardust Cruises Limousine Service serves San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, is fully licensed and insured, is a member of the National Limousine Association, and the Greater California Livery Association.
For more information you can contact:
Susie Martin @ 805.938.0018
Stardust Cruises Offices
Phone (805) 938-0018
Fax (805) 938-1098
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