New limo legislation supported by Hochul after 2018 Schoharie crash
Gov. Kathy Hochul is backing new legislation that could keep limousine passengers safer.
The “Stretch Limousine Passenger Safety Act” is made up of reforms proposed by the Passenger Safety Task Force. The task force was established in 2020 in response to limo crashes like the tragedy in Schoharie that killed 20 people in 2018.
The recommendations include requiring a minimum $10,000 fine for operating a suspended stretch limousine.
It also requires all stretch limos be equipped with enhanced safety features like window break tools, emergency egress and rollover protection.
Passengers in these limos must also be given a pre-trip safety meeting.
All stretch limos that are over 10 years old or have more than 300,000 miles on them must be taken off the road.