Schoharie limo crash big factor in new federal safety reforms

Three years after the deadly limo crash in Schoharie County, U.S. senators from New York are touting that the recently-passed infrastructure bill will close deadly loopholes.

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Even though it’s Congress that passed the limousine safety measures, and it will be the president who signs them into law, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand credited the families of the victims for their persistence in spearheading the effort to change limo regulations.

No one will ever forget the tragic afternoon of October 6, 2018, when 20-people lost their lives in Schoharie County. That tragedy served as the impetus for the limousine industry reforms.

They are based on recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Among the changes, there will be a program established to provide funding for states to impound unsafe vehicles.

In addition, the state Department of Transportation will establish an annual inspection regime.

Limo operators will need to conspicuously share inspection history with prospective customers.

Formal rules will be established on how to evacuate limo passengers in emergency situations.

Beyond that, every newly built limo will be required to have lap shoulder belts for every seating position.

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All seats will need to meet new safety requirements for strength and integrity.

The bill is now on its way to President Biden’s desk, where it will be signed into law.

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