Local and national leaders mull new limo regulations after Schoharie accident
Oct 15, 2018 11:55 am
The Albany Times Union reports that New York state legislators are now considering new regulations for stretch limousines, after 20 people were killed last week in a limo accident. A new bill in the state senate would pull stretch limousines off the road after 10 years, and also create new safety procedures, and mandate minimum liability insurance coverage of $2 million. The bill would also put inspection results on the state Department of Transportation website. "While many limousine operators take the safety of their passengers and drivers seriously, there seems to be a certain population of operators that does not," the bill's memorandum says. "In an effort to cut corners, they put their passengers and drivers at risk." Chuck Schumer, New York's U.S. Senator, and other national leaders are also talking about reforms. "The sad fact here is that right now everyone is talking about limo safety when we could have been studying it for the past few years," Schumer said. "The NTSB knows they need to fix this situation so we can have as much information as possible available." The Rev. O. Robert DeMartinis, speaking at a funeral Oct. 13 for several of the Schoharie victims, also wondered why this happened. "The question that is in the hearts of so many is: Why?" DeMartinis told mourners. "Why did these 20 individuals have to be taken from us so quickly and so unexpectedly?" Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.