Following recommendations from New York State’s Stretch Limousine Passenger Safety Task Force, Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed legislation meant to improve safety and transparency in Nov. The proposal seeks to stiffen fines for driving suspended limos; require stronger safety features; limit the vehicles’ years and/or miles on the road; require pre-ride safety briefings; and improve the availability of operator data.

The task force’s creation followed the limousine crash in Schoharie in 2018 that killed 20 people. The governor’s office said the DMV and DOT have already “made significant progress administratively, including overhauling the vehicle registration and change of ownership process, increasing the number of reviews of limousines, increasing the level of coordination between states, and increasing enforcement actions against those who fraudulently register and operate limousines.”

Source: Spectrum One News

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