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Schoharie tragedy raises questions about limo safety standards

October 08, 2018 07:08 PM

The tragedy in Schoharie is raising questions about limo safety standards and regulations for the industry.

NewsChannel 13 spoke with David Brown, the owner of a separate limo company, Premier Transportation. He says New York state has some of the toughest regulations in the nation.

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Premier has roughly 65 vehicles that have to pass inspection every year, but about 21 of them are inspected every six months. That's because those vehicles are 10 passenger or above. Brown also says his company is one of the few in the area that is Department of Defense certified. That means his drivers must pass criminal background checks, stringent insurance requirements and drug testing.

Brown says when it comes to consumers looking for safe and reliable transportation, it's important to take note of a company's liability insurance and also something called QVM certification. Stands for qualified vehicle modifiers when the parent company, for instance, Ford or Lincoln, gives permission to chop their cars up to turn them into stretch limos or what's also called "Frankenstein limos" or "chopped vehicles."

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Karen Tararache

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