Limo Buses Can't Get A Break

Posted on May 29, 2013 by - Also by this author

FATALITY: The latest limo bus accident in the news doesn't appear to be the fault of the driver, but it once again underscores the importance of making sure chauffeurs and drivers are well trained and current with the latest mistakes that lead to accidents. . .

I was saddened to see that another limo-bus crash occurred in the San Francisco Bay area over this past weekend. I had originally planned a continuation of my vacation observations but this event has overshadowed any whimsical rant today.
 
The first reports I heard blamed the "other" vehicle and seemed to exonerate the limo-bus from fault.  This morning, the story was changed to say that another person had been killed by a limo-bus. I don't have the details and it really doesn't matter with respect with what I have to say.

Today is the day to STOP!  Regroup!  Make sure that your chauffeurs and drivers are providing the absolute safest ride out there. Drivers need to be practicing superior judgment. They should never tailgate and never allow another vehicle to tailgate you. Pull over if needed. Aim high and look way down the road. Create an imaginary bubble of safety around your vehicle and don't let anyone in the bubble unless you have to. If they are in the bubble, watch them like a hawk.

Commercial vehicles always should be at or below the speed limit. We get paid by the hour. The longer it takes, the better Never allow a client to press you into speeding so they don't miss their flight. If they planned poorly, that it there fault, not ours. Make sure your chauffeurs are aware of all these incidents all over the country including passengers who endanger themselves by sticking their heads out of emergency exits, pulling emergency exit handles, getting off a bus drunk and then driving, and many other "dumb" things.

The more incidents there are in our industry, the worse we look to government officials and potential clients. No one wants to charge a "death-trap" so I urge you to talk to all of your chauffeurs about safety in driving and safety in monitoring passengers and their behavior. It is up to us to maintain our image of being one of the safest methods of transportation in the world. Do your part!

— Jim Luff, LCT contributing editor

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