On October 6, 2018, a terrible limo crash in the small upstate New York town of Schoharie, took the lives of 20 people – including a limo driver, 17 passengers, and 2 pedestrians – shaking the nation and leaving us wondering how and why it had happened. The crash is believed to be the deadliest accident of any kind in the United States since 2009. Even though New York has some of the country’s strictest regulations for the limousine industry, this did not prevent the nation’s worst transportation accident in a decade.
In California, there are strict laws as well, but there are still loopholes in the federal safety regulations governing limousines. According to NBC Los Angeles, California passed a law requiring to inspect modified limos, like the one involved in the tragic accident. This happens every 13 months, and the companies have to be cleared with the state.
Local, state, and federal authorities investigated the crash. The results were about to change the limousine industry – a limousine company with a trail of failed inspections, a driver with an improper license, a modified limousine that failed inspection one month before the devastating crash and that was not supposed to be on the road. Due to the negligent attitude of the limo company involved in the accident, many other limo companies are now facing the side effects of public disapproval. The crash is opening a long conversation about limo safety and the future of the limousine transportation industry.
Limo safety is in the spotlight today. We are in the limousine industry for 38 years, and from the very beginning, Exclusive Sedan has been committed to providing high-quality chauffeured transportation solutions for business travelers, executives, meeting professionals, and special events in Los Angeles and beyond. The New York limo crash raises limo safety and regulations concerns for the limousine industry.
Recently, our President & CEO Brandan Stein spoke to NBC LA about what we do to keep our valued clients safe.
“Anything over 10 passengers you have to have a CDL, passenger endorsed license,” said Brandan Stein, the President & CEO of Exclusive Sedan. According to Brandan Stein, the Exclusive Sedan fleet goes checked regularly. “When CHP comes out and does their inspections here they tell you if your vehicle is safe to be put on the road and they will ground the vehicles,” he says.
You can watch the entire interview here:
At Exclusive Sedan, our operating philosophy is simple – we hire the best, highly skilled, professionally trained, knowledgeable and courteous chauffeurs and we provide them with cutting-edge technology in the office and on the road, in the finest vehicles available in the industry today.
If you are planning to rent a limousine, the following limo safety tips will help you plan a smooth, safe trip:
- Research for information about the best limousines company in your area. Ask about the number of passengers allowed in the limousine and the cost per hour.
- Check and make sure the limousine carrier is licensed by the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) by simply calling 1-800-894-9444.
- Ask the company to show you the vehicle you are about to rent.
- Make sure the vehicle has a TCP number which indicates it is registered.
- Verify that the TCP number is accurate – check with the CPUC.
- Get a written agreement with the terms and conditions of hiring the limousine.
- Alcohol is not allowed in limousines carrying passengers under 21.
- Keep all receipts!
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