UNITED KINGDOM — ALL stretch limousines in Rotherham are to be licensed under new plans by local council chiefs. Starting Jan. 1, 2007, all stretch limousines in the town will have to be licensed under the new "special occasion" private hire category, as part of Rotherham Council's commitment to public safety.
Following the huge increase in the use of such vehicles – currently there are about 40 companies advertising stretch limousine hire in the Rotherham area – the authority wants to be satisfied that the vehicles are used and operated safely. The Rotherham Licensing Board also wants to ensure that the drivers are fit and proper members of the public and are competent drivers of such vehicles.
Licensing enforcement officer Tony Minett explained that in the past these vehicles were only used for weddings and funerals. "Today, however,” he said, “they are fast becoming a popular form of transport for days and nights, special occasions and school leaving parties. At the moment the majority of limousine drivers have not undergone any sort of criminal record check, while spot checks by our officers have revealed that alcohol is being consumed by passengers under the age of 18."
Source: Yorkshire Post Today