Updated: October 16, 2019 01:47 PM
Created: October 16, 2019 11:47 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A coalition of U.S. representatives and senators from New York introduced legislation Wednesday that would create federal limo safety regulations in memory of the Schoharie limo crash that killed 20.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Representative Paul Tonko (NY-20), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) and Representative Elise Stefanik (NY-21) introduced three pieces of legislation.
The SAFE Limos Act of 2019 would implement new safety requirements for limos, including lap and shoulder seat belt requirements. The Take Unsafe Limos Off the Road Act would create a grant to help states boot and tow limos that fail safety inspections for critical reasons. The End the Limo Loophole Act would require limos to comply with commercial motor vehicle safety regulations by changing the definition of a Commercial Motor Vehicle to cover any vehicle used to transport more than nine people.
The Schoharie limo crash happened on Oct. 6, 2018.
The New York State Police say the limousine struck an unoccupied parked car in a parking lot, and traveled through a wooded ravine before crashing.
All 18 people inside the limo died, and two pedestrians who were hit, making it the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. since 2009.
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