NY Industry Leaders Ready For Hearing On Limo Safety

Martin Romjue
Posted on May 1, 2019
State legislators are closely eyeing stretch limouisines like this one for more safety regulations. ( photo)

State legislators are closely eyeing stretch limouisines like this one for more safety regulations. ( photo)

ALBANY, N.Y. --- New York State Senators will hold a public hearing on limousine and bus safety May 2 to consider a set of proposed limousine-related regulations spurred by the October 2018 stretch crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie.

Several association leaders from the Long Island Limousine Association (LILA) and the Limousine Bus Taxi Operators of Upstate New York (LBTOUNY) are expected to attend the hearing, although it is not clear yet if any will be speak before the panel.

The Senate Standing Committee On Transportation session will take place in the Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor in Albany, starting at 10 a.m. ET. It will be led by committee chairman, Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy, D-Buffalo-Lackawanna.

While the approved state budget includes new rules for limousine operators, the Senators want to hear from New Yorkers on ways to further enhance passenger and road safety, Democratic Seante Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said in a report from NY State of Politics at Spectrum News.  

Since state legislators pulled back from a proposed stretch limousine ban in February, individual representatives have proposed an array of bills that would further regulate limousine operations. There are even attempts to resurrect the ban on stretch limousines.

The new regulations include doubled penalties for safety violations by limousine operations, and a $1.5 million minimum insurance coverage requirement, according to the State of Politics report. Meanwhile, the Department of Motor Vehicles could be allowed to confiscate license plates of stretch limousines that have failed to pass inspection, the outlet said.

"The stretch ban will most likely not go anywhere but other bills are being introduced, and it's getting messy," Charles Gandolfo, a LILA board director and owner of Dynasty Limousines, told LCT. Gandolfo will attend the committee session to evaluate the various rules and proposals on behalf of LILA, but plans to speak at a follow-up hearing on Long Island in coming weeks.

"We support any crackdowns with penalties and inspections because illegal operators shouldn't be out there," Gandolfo said.

WRGB-TV CBS Channel 6 Albany report here

Related LCT article: Rep Calls For Limo Safety Database As Proms Near

Related Topics: LBTOUNY, legislation, limo crashes, long island limousine association, New York operators, New York state regulations, regulatory enforcement, state regulations, stretch limousine

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Comments ( 2 )
  • HF

     | about 2 years ago

    Sorry to say, but New York DOT & NSTB need to make a final decision on this matter, before anybody including NY Law makers jumping to their one sided answers.

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