CA Party Bus Operators Could Face Stricter Rules

LCT Staff
Posted on December 1, 2010

PARTIES & POLES: Who should be responsible for bus passenger drinking? A proposed law could mean more legal hassles for limo bus operators amid high-profile under-aged drinking deaths.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A state lawmaker from the San Francisco Bay Area will propose legislation next week that would crack down on party bus operators that allow underage drinking aboard their vehicles.

Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said the legislation follows the October death of a 17-year-old Redondo Beach, Calif., student and the February death of a Burlingame teen, both of whom had been drinking aboard party buses.

"It's becoming a major issue," Hill said Tuesday.

The proposed law, Hill said, would close a gap in current regulations that hold limousine operators, but not specifically party buses, responsible for underage drinking in their vehicles.

Party bus companies offer souped-up vehicles with neon lighting, bars, sound systems and room for dancing, drinking and lounging. Some even have stripper poles.

The buses, which rent for $150 to $250 an hour from various limousine companies, became popular with the students at the EF International Language School in Redondo Beach, where young people from around the world learn English.


Source: Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.

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     | about 9 years ago

    Here is a similar story<br><br>Some party bus and limousine operators in Oklahoma allow minors to drink alcohol in their vehicles, limousine company owner tells a House panel.<br><br>OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — A new law that makes it a misdemeanor crime for party bus operators to allow underage drinking in their vehicles doesn't go far enough and should be toughened, a limousine operator told a House panel Tuesday.<br><br>Charles Cotton, owner of VIP Limousine in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, said owners of party bus and limousine services who allow minors to drink alcohol while riding in their vehicles should be charged with a felony.<br><br>"Some of these people (operators) are out of control,” Cotton said. “It’s all about greed and money. We need to get these operators off the streets once and for all.”<br><br>Some of the operators of the party buses — usually old school buses that have been renovated — aren't licensed and don't have necessary insurance, he said.

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