The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is closely monitoring a New York limo crash to see if there are any recommendations that could apply to Pennsylvania.
The PUC’s Motor Carrier Enforcement Division inspects limos every year. All licensed limousines are required to have a PUC number.
You can review any complaints against companies on the PUC website. Many limos also have a federal regulation sticker issued when it hits the road.
“There are just so many things that we have to go through and also background checks. We’re doing background checks on everybody coming in,” said James Lombardo, the safety director at Unique Limousine.
There are also regulations on drivers. The state limits the size of limos to a maximum of 10 passengers. Group or party buses require drivers to have a commercial driver’s license, which includes drug and alcohol tests.
The PUC encourages people to consider the following tips when arranging rides with any passenger carrier:
– Check the backgrounds of carriers to verify that they are authorized and properly insured;
– Ask for the carrier’s PUC number;
– Check the PUC’s website for a history of consumer complaints;
– Obtain more than one price quote, and document the transaction;
– File a complaint if there are issues with the service, including potential safety violations;
– Avoid unlicensed carriers that may be advertising cheap rates on social media; and
– If you don’t feel safe, stop the ride, make alternative arrangements, and file a complaint with the PUC.