MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM — A police crackdown on several safety problems with Greater Manchester limousines presents UK operators with a new wave of enforcement to deal with. Police officials fear a lack of regulation is putting passengers in danger.
Limousines were previously considered privately hired vehicles and operated with a normal driver’s license. Now, new regulations have forced to buy private hire licenses, prove their vehicles meet safety standards, and have been cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau.
The new regulations were well-received by the National Limousine Association UK, but a spokesman called for a “level playing field” for operators in all jurisdictions. “Operators are at the mercy of each individual council,” he said, “and their rules and regulations can vary widely.” In other areas of the country, 66% of limousines stopped by police are found to violate safety standards or are breaking the law.
SOURCE: Manchester Evening News, UK