EDITORIAL: Federal limousine safety legislation is long overdue

The top of a stretch limousine that crashed in Schoharie can be seen.
The top of a stretch limousine that crashed in Schoharie can be seen.

Limousine safety isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue.

It’s not a New York issue. It’s not an issue of regulatory philosophy.

Limousine safety is a humanity issue.

It’s a “How would you feel if this happened to your parent or child or sibling or spouse or friend” issue.

Nearly three years after 20 people were killed in a limousine crash in Schoharie, the federal government continues to drag its feet on passing national legislation to regulate this small but pervasive industry.

New York lawmakers finally did their jobs and passed comprehensive reforms early last year.

Congress needs to do the same, by passing a package of safety bills that very much follow New York’s legislation.

That includes the SAFE Limos Act to make vehicles safer and protect passengers; the Take Unsafe Limos Off the Road Act to remove dangerous vehicles from service; and the End the Limo Loophole Act to identify large-passenger limos as commercial vehicles.

The legislation has rare bipartisan backing from New York’s congressional delegation. There’s no reason that shouldn’t extend to the entire Congress.

This legislation will protect people in all states from unscrupulous limousine operators and from state governments with lax vehicle standards.

It’s well past time this vital, life-saving legislation becomes the law of the land.

Categories: Editorial, Opinion

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