California Limo Safety Bill Clears Key Legislative Committee

Posted on June 19, 2013

SACRAMENTO-- California lawmakers are working on legislation to protect passenger safety in limousines following two high-profile incidents in the state.

KABC-TV, Channel 7, Los Angeles report and video here

The Assembly Transportation Committee approved SB 109, sponsored by Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, which requires limos carrying fewer than 10 people to have:

  • Two doors and two push-out windows in the rear of the cabin
  • Passengers must be able to open all of them from the inside, which rules out child-safety locks that only the driver controls
  • And safety instructions must be given, much like the airlines do before take-off

California indusry leaders are working to help educate and collaborate with state legislators on SB109, along with a separate bill, S.B. 338, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill, that would require fire extinguishers aboard stretch limousines, said Mark Stewart, president of the Greater California Livery Association. The GCLA does not outright oppose the bills but would like to contribute to the crafting of the language and include input from limousine manufacturers, Stewart said. He emphasized the language in both bills is still preliminary. GCLA officials plan to meet with legislators in Sacramento next week.

Sources: KABC-TV 7; Martin Romjue, LCT

Related Topics: accidents, California operators, legislation, limousine fires, passenger safety, state regulations, stretch limousine, vehicle safety

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  • stewart

     | about 7 years ago

    CURRENT BILL STATUS MEASURE: S.B. No. 109 AUTHOR(S): Corbett. TOPIC: Charter-party carriers: limousines: emergency exits. HOUSE LOCATION: SEN +LAST AMENDED DATE : 09/06/2013 TYPE OF BILL : Active Non-Urgency Non-Appropriations Majority Vote Required State-Mandated Local Program Fiscal Non-Tax Levy LAST HIST. ACT. DATE: 09/10/2013 LAST HIST. ACTION : In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending. FILE: SEN UNFINISHED BUSINESS FILE DATE: 09/11/2013 ITEM:19 COMM. LOCATION: ASM APPROPRIATIONS COMM. ACTION DATE : 07/03/2013 COMM. ACTION: Do pass. COMM. VOTE SUMMARY : Ayes: 12Noes: 05PASS TITLE: An act to add Section 5385.7 to the Public Utilities Code, and to add Article 3.4 (commencing with Section 27375) to Chapter 5 of Division 12 of the Vehicle Code, relating to charter-party carriers.

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