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Stricter Limo Rules Make It Into New York State Budget

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Posted on April 3, 2019

A stretch limousine in front of the McDonald's at Times Square. (Flickr.com photo by Marco Verch)

A stretch limousine in front of the McDonald's at Times Square. (Flickr.com photo by Marco Verch)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) --- Following a limousine crash that killed 20 people outside of Albany last October, lawmakers started the push for an increase in safety measures. Now, as part of the state budget, there are several new regulations when it comes to limousine safety, including added penalties and fines, and allows the DMV to revoke registrations for limos that don't meet federal safety standards.

Kevin Barwell, president of the Limousine, Bus, Taxi Operators of Upstate New York, said there is a need for increased safety when it comes to commercial vehicles, but these new regulations don't address specific issues he thinks need to change.

"These are penalties, these are fees. We need to address the safety issues of these vehicles and the industry itself," he said. "Not just specifically the limousine industry, but also the taxi industry, the bus industry, the redesigning industry -- all of these in one to make it a safer place for people who ride these vehicles."

WIVB-TV article and video here

Related Topics: Kevin Barwell, LBTOUNY, legislation, New York operators, regulatory enforcement, state regulations, stretch limousine

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Anthony

     | about 2 months ago

    A simple solution is to give officials the right ANSWER.....AGE LIMIT ON VEHICLES. NO HIME MADE PARTY BUSES FROM OLD VEHICLES PEOPLE HAVE PURCHASED AT AUCTION FOR 3,000 DOLLARS

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