Proposed Law Would Close Limousine Loophole

Proposed Law Would Close Limousine Loophole

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North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has joined two other New York members of the House of Representatives to introduce legislation to close a loophole in the law governing retrofitted limousines.

That's in the wake of a limousine crash in Schoharie County in October that killed 20 people, including Mary and Rob Dyson of Watertown.

The bill is cosponsored by Stefanik, and representatives John Faso, a Republican from Massapequa, and Paul Tonko, a Democrat from Amsterdam.

Current law allows retrofitted limousines to skirt requirements as resold vehicles and avoid compliance with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations. 

Currently, vehicles that are purchased and then lengthened to increase capacity are not subject to the same safety regulations as other new vehicles that are offered for sale, such as seat belt and egress point requirements.

Stefanik said the legislation would help prevent similar accidents.

"Our community was devastated by the loss of our friends and neighbors in the accident, and it's critical that lawmakers work to strengthen public safety in the wake of tragedy," she said.

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