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NY Operators Oppose Stretch Limo Ban At Budget Hearing

Martin Romjue
Posted on January 31, 2019
Long Island operator Doug Schwartz appearing before the budget panel on transportation matters Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 in Albany, N.Y. (LCT video screenshot)

Long Island operator Doug Schwartz appearing before the budget panel on transportation matters Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 in Albany, N.Y. (LCT video screenshot)

ALBANY, N.Y. ---  Operators Douglas Schwartz of the Long Island Transportation Association and Kevin Barwell of the Limousine Bus Taxi Operators of Upstate New York are in Albany, N.Y. at this moment getting ready to speak before the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2019-2020 Executive Budget to oppose a proposal to ban modified stretch limousines in the state of New York.

Schwartz, also a board director of the National Limousine Association, and Barwell pointed out how it would be wrong for legislators to ban the use of legal modified stretch limousines because of the Oct. 6, 2018 crash in Schoharie, N.Y. that killed 20 people.

The leaders pointed out how the accident was a rare, one-off occurrence in defiance of safety rules that already had been applied. Banning modified stretch limousines would decimate the state's retail luxury transportation industry and deprive the public of a widely used ground transportation choice, they said.

"We should not be punished for one bad apple," Barwell told legislators. "There are many accidents inoving other vehicles that are not banned."

The ban would bankrupt limousine operators and result in many job losses and less tax revenues.

"It would be like telling Trailways or Grey Line you can't use buses anymore, or telling a pizzeria you can't sell pizza," Barwell said.

Schwartz and Barwell expressed support for most of the other proposed rules related to stretch limousines listed in the budget proposal.

Related LCT article: Details Of Proposed New York Limo Rules

COMPLETE VIDEO TESTIMONY HERE [starts at 1:00 mark]

Related Topics: custom limousines, Doug Schwartz, Kevin Barwell, LBTOUNY, legislation, limo crashes, National Limousine Association, New York operators, passenger safety, regulatory enforcement, retail markets, state regulations, stretch limousine, video

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Comments ( 5 )
  • Claudia Corona

     | about 10 months ago

    The truth is the passengers were murdered. This was a FBI Inside job and since NLA reported it due to faulty maintenance this is what happens. We pay the price for being falsely representative. It’s an injustice to our industry. I emailed them as soon as they sent the newsletter to operators. Do u really think a flat tire will kill 20 people in a an SUV stretch like that? Come on now. We are not stupid.

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