L to R: LBTOUNY member Mark Crisafulli, Joe DiDomenico of American Limousine, Assemblyman William Magnarelli, LBTOUNY President Kevin Barwell of Giorgio’s Limousine Service, LBTOUNY Director Dave Bastian of Towne Livery, and David Brown of Premiere TransportationSyracuse, N.Y. — On February 25, members of Limousine, Bus and Taxi of Upstate New York (LBTOUNY) met with NY Assemblyman William Magnarelli to discuss the potential ban on limousines and new proposed legislation brought on by last year’s tragic accident in Schoharie. As the vehicle in question was not up to NY State DOT standards and the operator had numerous violations, the association feels that such legislation would only punish companies that are acting in accordance with industry and state regulations. Their hope was to speak up for legitimate operators who abide by the law and correct procedures.
It was announced next day that the ban on limousines and additional legislation will be removed from the New York State Budget. Although this is a good thing for legitimate operators, LBTOUNY members feel that the battle is not over—just delayed.
The discussion now moves toward detailing the regulations placed on stretch vehicles, including seat belts, fines/penalties for non-compliant operators, and laws pertaining to the vehicles inspection.