ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. George Pataki signed a bill
mandating that livery vehicles and taxis registered in the
state must have a written notice in them urging passengers
to “Please Buckle Up.”
The measure, which goes into effect in February, also
requires that seat belts must be in working order and
easily accessible to passengers.
The new law does not mandate the size of the sign, but
states that it must be “legible and conspicuous to
passengers in all seating positions of such vehicles.”
Mike Rice, executive vice president of Tran-Star Executive
Transportation Services in North Babylon, N.Y., said the
new law does not directly change Tran-Star’s policy.
The company was already pushing passenger seatbelt use when
training its chauffeurs. It also has been posting a
small “buckle up” notice inside its vehicles.
Despite the signs taking away from the sleek look of
limousines and sedans, Rice said he supported the measure.
”[The law] truly makes sense,” Rice said. “It’s proven that
seatbelts save lives.”
He also suggested that the new law may help the industry
with insurance if passengers follow the advice of the signs
and buckle up, thereby potentially reducing accident injury
- Alisha Gomez