NYS Senate holds public hearing on limousine safety

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York State Senate held a hearing Thursday morning on proposals to strengthen regulations for limos and buses following last year’s deadly limo crash in Schoharie.

Family members of the Schoharie victims addressed the lawmakers in attendance, delivering powerful testimony and explaining that they don’t want any more families to have to go through what they have.

The families say they are grateful for the additional regulations adopted in the recent state budget but say it’s not enough. Proposals requiring seatbelts, airbags and escape hatches in limos have become a major sticking point.

Many activists simply want to crack down on inspections. The limo involved in the Schoharie crash had failed inspections multiple times but was still on the road.

The families of the victims want a limo that fails inspection to either be repaired immediately or be booted. They are also calling for a requirement that limo drivers carry CDL licenses.

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