Regulations

New CA Rules Cloud Future Of The Stretch Limousine

Posted on January 4, 2017

A Lincoln MKT Town Car stretch limousine (LCT file photo)
A Lincoln MKT Town Car stretch limousine (LCT file photo)
Under the new bills SB109 and SB863 that went into effect Jan. 1, limousines are now required to be equipped with at least two rear side doors and at least one pop-out window. That could prompt more limo operators to replace them with vans.

Sonoma Index-Tribune article here

From LCT: Another bill, SB 812, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, passed in 2016, extends the date for the modification of stretched limousines to include two pop-out windows to January 2018. The Greater California Livery Association has worked extensively to modify this bill. It initially would have cost limo operators anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 in modifications had the GCLA not lobbied to tone it down. It would have put small operators out of business and taken 70% of the stretched limos off the road in California. The GCLA still plans to work on this issue, but has bought valuable time. Limo operators with five-door stretch limousines and/or roof escape hatches do not need the two pop-out windows.

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