Regulations

Strict New Rules Raise Costs To Run Party Buses In Chicago

Posted on June 7, 2018

The year-old Chicago ordinance affecs all chartered vehicles with more than 15 riders — including trolleys, limousines and buses. (LCT file photo)
The year-old Chicago ordinance affecs all chartered vehicles with more than 15 riders — including trolleys, limousines and buses. (LCT file photo)
CHICAGO -- Bus, trolley and limousine operators say that a requirement for security guards and cameras on board may drive away customers, but the city is doubling down on plans to ramp up enforcement of the popular BYOB vehicles.

“I think it's great that they go after illegal party buses, but the fact is they are targeting the legal operators,” said Chris Vecchio, operations manager for Chitown Party Bus and one of the coalition’s organizers.

City officials detailed the latest modifications a week after a coalition of about 40 transportation executives launched a campaign to fight the ordinance.

The Illinois Limousine Association worries the new modifications will continue to hurt business, according to Tracy Raimer, the organization’s president. (LCT file photo)
The Illinois Limousine Association worries the new modifications will continue to hurt business, according to Tracy Raimer, the organization’s president. (LCT file photo)
“The new ordinance goes to the extreme. If I drove two dozen 14-year-olds with an adult chaperone — let’s say someone’s grandma to last week’s Taylor Swift concert in a bus — I still will need security because Soldier Field serves alcohol.”

Chicago Tribune article here

Related Topics: cameras, Chicago operators, Illinois operators, party buses, regulatory enforcement, retail markets, security, Tracy Raimer

Comments ( 2 )
  • Hyon

     | about 2 months ago

    Anthony I won't question your knowledge of the industry, but your reading comprehension is a bit lacking. His point was he had a bus full of children and one grandma or grandpa, not a busload of grandma's.

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