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Commercial drivers union says many limo safety measures in new laws were already in place

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: February 03, 2020 07:19 PM
Created: February 03, 2020 04:28 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Governor Andrew Cuomo's 10-point package of new reforms and safety standards for the limousine industry is now in effect. 

The new legislation comes almost two years after one of the deadliest motor vehicle accidents in state history.

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Cuomo was joined by several State Leaders in signing the new reforms which they say will not only prioritize safety, but also give New Yorkers peace of mind when entering a limo in the state.

The new reforms are aimed at preventing crashes like the one in Schohaire from ever happening again. 

Back in October 2018, a driver and his 17 passengers were killed in a stretched limo after he lost control of the vehicle, also killing two pedestrians.

The new law calls for seatbelt requirements, taking defective limos off the roads and new commercial driver's license requirements just to name a few. 

Limousine, Bus, Taxi Operators of Upstate New York President Kevin Barwell says before the accident most of Cuomo's new requirements were already in place.

"It is generally a safe industry,” Barnwell said. "I think what is going to do is gonna get any other bad operators to just comply now, and we still have a long way when it comes to transportation in New York State. You know we have a lot of other parts of the transportation that we still need to address."

In fact, Barnwell says most of the new reforms were already on the books for years, and this will not affect the limo business too much.

"The legitimate operators don't have a problem with that, because we're in full compliance. We're operating within the law, and making sure that we follow those laws," Barnwell said.

The new legislation also extends mandatory seat belt use by all passengers that use Uber, Lyft and taxi cabs.


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