Limo Companies Face New Regulations Under Bill Signed By Gov. Brown Following Deadly San Mateo Bridge Fire
A new law signed by California Governor Jerry Brown lays out new safety requirements for limo companies.
A bill that aims to improve safety for limousine passengers in the wake of a fatal limousine tragedy that killed five women on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge earlier this year was signed into law Friday.
SB 338 would require more inspections of vehicle, and order limos with a seating capacity of fewer than 10 people to carry a fire extinguisher onboard. Stretch limos with a capacity of more than 10 already have such a requirement.
In response to a deadly limousine fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge last month, East Bay lawmaker Ellen Corbett has introduced legislation that would add safety features in limos.
Conflicting accounts emerged Monday from the driver and a surviving passenger as to exactly what happened when a stretch limousine burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, killing five women and injuring four others.
The man who was behind the wheel when a limousine burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward bridge Saturday told CNN the situation “was just a nightmare.”
Saturday’s deadly limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge raised questions about who routinely checks such vehicles for safety concerns. As ConsumerWatch discovered, the answer is nobody.
A coroner investigating the deaths of five women killed in a limousine fire as they were heading to a wedding party says their badly-burned bodies were found near the partition that separates the driver from the passengers.
Police were trying to locate a man who shot two other men in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood early Sunday then escaped in a limousine.