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VANCOUVER, Canada - The city of Vancouver and the Motor Carrier Commission of British Columbia have signed a bill to allow chauffeur-driven sedans. The decision comes after many years of pressure from local transportation operators and their customers.
Vancouver was one of only a few cities in North America that had yet to approve the sedans. "It was so overdue," said Randy Snider, president of Star Limousine Service Ltd. "It was ridiculous how many years this took to be legalized."
The new law permits chauffeur-driven sedans in a 2-to-1 ratio. For example, a company with 10 limousines may only have a maximum of five licenses for sedans, and so on. Transportation operators cannot license sedans that are over two years old, and they must replace sedans older than five years.
For many business executives, chauffeur-driven sedans are the preferred mode of ground transportation, because they are more discreet than limousines yet more private than taxi cabs. "Companies are excited to know that we have them legally. About 75-80 percent of our business is dealing with corporations," Snider said, whose service added six sedans to its fleet of 38 limousines, vans and mini-buses.
The taxi cab industry was a major deterrent to passing the sedan bill. "It took so long because of the amount of pressure [it] presented over the years," Snider said.
In 2001, sedans accounted for 42 percent of vehicles operated in the limousine and chauffeured transportation industry. Stretch limousines were second, at 18 percent.
The National Transportation Safety Board says all aspects of the accident still remain under investigation.
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