Victory: Members of the MCTA pose outside the state Senate Chamber after passage of a bill to modernize limousine regulations. (L to R): Charlie Murray (Total Luxury Limousine), Gina Brennan (Corporate Car & Coach), Senator Melisa Frazen (DFL-Edina) and Len Nelson (Valley Limousine & Coach).
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A long-time effort by the Minnesota Chauffeured Transportation Association (MCTA) to update state laws regulating limousines finally paid off Tuesday, April 29 as Gov. Mark Dayton signed the “limo bill” into law.
The new regulations, which take effect July 1, essentially broadens the definition of a limousine — now any luxury transportation vehicle licensed vehicle that has 15-passenger capacity (including the driver), and is properly registered with special LM (limousine) plates. In addition, the bill ups insurance requirements from $300,000 to $1.5 million per person liability insurance.
“It’s awesome!” MCTA President Gina Brennan said. “We’ve been trying to update the law for almost 10 years, especially trying to get LM plates on all of our vehicles.”
Brennan, president and CEO of Corporate Car & Coach, said the new regulations allow LM plates to be placed on vehicles that previously were excluded, such as SUVs, station wagons and cross-over vehicles. “To now have the LM plates on these vehicles gives them a certain prestige because the public knows they are specially registered limousine vehicles, as well as special parking privileges at the airport,” she added.
The association also fought to have the minimum per passenger liability insurance increased to $1.5 million to come in line with both DOT and airport requirements.
“Previously, $300,000 was for all passengers in a vehicle. We just felt that was not adequate and now our insurance requirements are more of a level playing field.”
— Tom Halligan, East Cost Editor