Las Vegas Authorities Take the Party Out of Party Buses

Posted on March 25, 2014 by - Also by this author

Las Vegas, commonly known as Sin City, where the adage is, "What goes on in Vegas, stays in Vegas," is all of a sudden finding morals. At least The Nevada Transportation Authority might have found morals as it plans to meet in the next few months to discuss imposing new laws on party buses.

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The NTA has referred to these vehicles as “rolling ultra lounges” and will soon decide what fits that definition and what rules will apply. Party buses, or buses made specifically for partying, will no longer fall under the rules of shuttles or charter buses but have their own category. I object! Only the California Public Utilities Commission should be allowed to over-regulate. They’re pros at making up ridiculous rules. For the city that knows no boundaries, this is a major change.

The current draft refers to vehicles that have add-ons such as “a pole or other apparatus generally used for dancing” or “nightclub-style lighting.” There are many other specifications such as fog machines and strobe lights that will define a “party-bus.”
 
These buses may have come to light as sometimes buses seen traveling down The Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard) at night create a distraction to other drivers. Specially, when naughty things are happening in a well-lit bus and private body parts are exposed for all around to see. I mean, come on, it is Vegas. It does happen. I thought the motto of Vegas was “anything goes” in Vegas!

On the positive side, it closes a loophole that exists. Most people in the industry know that Las Vegas is one of the hardest cities in America to obtain an operating permit for a limousine service. You have to prove there is a need and necessity for another limousine company to a commission that is mostly run by longtime limo operators.  However, a charter bus permit is relatively easy to obtain, so operators pick up one of those licenses and then compete against legitimate limo companies that operate party buses.  
 
I think the end of the world must be coming soon!

-- Jim Luff, LCT contributing editor

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