In the wake of the tragic Schoharie limousine crash back in October, Governor Cuomo wants strict regulations as part of the state's budget. Safety reforms for limousines and large passenger vehicles are a main priority for Governor Andrew Cuomo and he will include them in the 2019 budget. According to News 10 ABC, the Governor's reforms are to protect both passengers and to hold companies accountable that try and go around the laws.

Some of the reforms include:

  • Remanufactured limos will have an outright ban and prohibited from being operated in New York state.
  • Require drivers to have a commercial drivers license with special passenger endorsement to operate a vehicle with 8 or more passengers.
  • It will be a felony to remove an out of service sticker that was put on by the DOT inspector.
  • Stronger registration suspension for those operating the vehicles with immediate suspension by the DOT in circumstances that endanger safety, health and welfare of the public.
  • Explicitly authorize DOT and DMV to seize suspended license plates;
    Make it a felony for any owner/operator to tamper with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard tag or vehicle inspection sticker.

These are a few of the reforms that are listed by the governor in the state budget. To see all of the reforms click HERE.

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