DETROIT — Michigan has scaled back its enforcement of safety laws related to limousines even as the number of limos in the state has increased, according to an article in the Detroit Free Press. In October, citing budget cuts, the state DOT halted regular inspections, the newspaper reported.
Michigan has more than 600 registered limousine companies. That's twice as many as in 1997, when a limousine crash in a Detroit suburb injured two Red Wings players six days after the team won the Stanley Cup.
Drivers for legitimate companies often cruise parking areas at events to get license numbers of competitors whose limousines don't display inspection stickers, said Richard Greiner, president of the Great Lakes Limousine Association. "If that sticker's not there, I would not even get into the vehicle," he said.
Source: Associated Press