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Schumer calls for new safety regulations for altered stretch limos

Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday announced new legislation to beef up safety standards for modified limousines — one year after 20 people were killed in a horrific upstate limo crash.

Schumer said he will introduce a bill to require seat belts, stricter requirements for seats and other safety features like side air bags that are not currently required for limos.

The New York Democrat particularly wants tighter regulations for passenger cars that are converted into stretch limos, which can fall between the cracks due to loopholes under the current law.

“We have regulations for cars, we have regulations for trucks, but not for limos,” Schumer said, standing alongside the family of victims of another fatal limo crash — the 2015 Bethpage wreck that killed four.

“Its not going to be an easy road,” he said. “Im sure there are going to be certain powerful interests that are going to fight back in the limousine area and in other areas. But were going to keep fighting and fighting and fighting until we get these bills passed into law.”

Schumers announcement comes just days after the National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday released a report on the Oct. 6, 2018 crash in Schoharie that killed 17 passengers, the driver and two pedestrians when the limo ran a stop sign.

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The report determined that many of the passengers in the customized 2001 Ford Excursion could have survived the crash if they had been wearing seat belts — and the belts in the car had been up-to-snuff.

Such passenger vehicles that are chopped up and expanded into stretch limos pose a particular concern because they dont fall under the same safety standards as passenger vehicles.

New cars turned into stretch limos do have to pass basic federal safety standards, such as side impact protection and roof crush resistancRead More – Source

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