Understanding Limo Safety After Fatal New York Crash
UNITED STATES – October 9, 2018 (nbc24.com) After the deadly limousine accident in New York, an article from nbc24.com examines limo safety for consumers planning their next ride.*
In investigating the New York limo crash that killed 17 passengers, the limo driver, and two pedestrians, officials found that the limo failed a recent safety inspection, and the driver did not have the appropriate license.
“For all commercial vehicles, there’s an annual vehicle inspection that’s required, and then in addition to that, there’s daily inspections,” said Michael Leizerman, founding chair of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys. “You do a pre-trip inspection before you get into your vehicle. [W]e don’t usually do that before we get into our cars, but it makes sense if you’re going to haul 15 people [or] 10 people.”
Brandon Johnson, president of Team Johnson Limo Service, said all limo drivers with his company have to be certified.
“You have to have a passenger endorsement depending on what size vehicle,” he said. “If it’s over 16 passengers, you have to have a different type of license, so you can have a chauffer’s license. Most all of our drivers have a Class B CDL with passenger endorsement.”
Johnson said commercial drivers also have to pass drug tests and background checks. In addition, vehicles carrying more than 16 passengers have to be inspected by the state highway patrol. The highway patrol will review the vehicle from top to bottom and give out a sticker for passing vehicles. The sticker, Johnson says, is something to look for on your next ride. Johnson also said to be wary of companies offering prices that sound too good to be true. They might be offering lowering prices because they are skirting the costs of inspections or insurance that keep people safe.
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