New California Party Bus Law Goes Into Effect in 2013
We have written about California’s new party bus law in previous posts, but since we are nearing the end of 2012 and the law goes into effect on Jan. 1, now seems like a good time to remind readers about it. The new law, formally known as Assembly Bill 45, closes a loophole in an existing law regarding underage drinking on party buses. Laws prohibiting underage consumption of alcohol in limousines have been on the books for many years. However, because party buses are a newer type of luxury transportation, there were no laws expressly prohibiting minors from drinking alcohol on these luxury vehicles.
As has been well documented in the media, the new law was introduced by then-Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, after a minor from Burlingame was killed in a drunk driving accident. The 19-year-old had been drinking with friends on a Bay Area party bus and was driving home when the accident occurred.
Party bus operators who allow underage drinking on their vehicles face fines up to $2,000, license suspensions and revocations. Under the provisions of the new law, a chaperone 25 years old or older is responsible for anyone in the party bus who is not of legal drinking age.
Owners and operators of San Francisco limousine services like ours fully support the new law, as it punishes unethical party bus operators who give the industry a bad reputation.
“There are a lot of operators out there that don’t care about the law,” said the owner of one Bay Area party bus service. “Our policy is zero tolerance.”
That has also been our policy on underage drinking from the very beginning. Naturally, we want all our guests to have a wonderful party bus experience, but we draw the line at any illegal activities including underage drinking. Guest safety is and will always be our first priority, and, if our policies disappoint minors every once in a while, that’s a very small price to pay for their well-being and the well-being of others. If you’re looking for an ethical San Francisco party bus provider for an upcoming special occasion that also offers the most affordable rates in the Bay Area, give us a call at NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936.