Senate Passes Limo Safety Bills

Peter Oberacker

February 01, 2023

ALBANY, 02/01/23 -- State Senator Peter Oberacker (R/C – Schenevus) today announced senate approval of legislation to help increase safety for limousine passengers.  The comprehensive package of bills follows recommendations advanced by the Stretch Limousine Passenger Safety Task Force.

 “Limousine safety has come under a spotlight following a pair of tragic crashes in New York in recent years including one in Schoharie County in 2018 that claimed 20 lives,” said Senator Peter Oberacker.  “The bills approved by the senate will enhance earlier changes in the law designed to protect passengers who have an expectation of safety when they travel in a limousine.”

 The seven bills approved by the senate include requirements for a pre-trip safety briefing by drivers, enhanced safety features, and increased penalties for the operation of an unsafe limo.  Legislation extending the operation of the Stretch Limousine Passenger Safety Task Force and allowing the panel to hold public hearings was also part of the package.  The task force was created as a direct result of the deadly crash in the Town of Schoharie and also includes state and local officials along with industry representation.

 “I have great respect for the task force, which includes loved ones who lost family members in limousine crashes in Schoharie and Long Island.  This group of passionate individuals continues to go above and beyond and their work is crucial to preventing future tragedies,” added Senator Oberacker.

 The legislation passed by the state senate must still be approved by the state assembly and signed by the governor to take effect.