Santa Cruz party bus accident
Recent proposed restrictions on San Francisco party buses by frustrated city officials and club owners and the tragic death of a Bay Area party bus guest in Santa Cruz have given party buses a bad reputation. We would like to point out that these serious problems, which affect all Bay Area party bus rental companies, are caused by a very small minority of operators who don’t take the safety of their guests seriously. We would also like to point out how we and most other San Francisco limousine rental companies prevent these incidents from happening. We let our guests know about a few simple rules, and we enforce them so that everyone can enjoy a safe and fun party bus experience. Some of the most important rules include the following:
- No underage drinking on board
If our guests want to enjoy alcoholic beverages while riding in their party bus, their chauffeur has the right to check all IDs to ensure that everyone is over 21. Anyone not of legal drinking age cannot board the party bus if alcohol is present.
- No smoking on board
No smoking is allowed on our Bay Area party buses, limousine and other vehicles. If guests would like to stop for a smoke break, they should let their chauffeur know, and he or she will find a suitable place to stop as soon as practical.
- Lewd, reckless or illegal activities are not tolerated
We try to be as flexible as possible and allow our guests to have fun, but any activities that are lewd, illegal or endanger guests in any way are not tolerated. When something unacceptable occurs, the chauffeur may issue a warning and politely request a guest to stop. If it persists, the rental is over, and all guests will be taken back to the initial pickup location.
- Please respect the party bus and your chauffeur
Again, we want all our guests to have a good time, but if a guest is abusive toward the chauffeur or the party bus, the chauffeur has the authority to bring the rental to an abrupt end and return all guests to their original location.
We discuss these and other safety rules with clients before the party bus rental occurs and encourage them to ask questions or request clarifications as necessary. The safety of our guests comes before all other considerations. While we are in the hospitality business and try to please all our guests, situations occasionally arise that cause us to enforce our rules. If you would like to rent a San Francisco party bus for an upcoming special event and prefer to do business with a limousine service that is serious about helping their guests have a fun and safe experience, we would love to hear from you! Give us a call at NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936.
California Assemblyman Jerry Hill recently renewed his call for tough laws against party buses after a young woman fell from a party bus and was killed in a tragic accident near Santa Cruz. The 25-year-old victim was reportedly fighting with another woman on board the bus when their struggles opened a door, causing the victim to fall onto Highway 17, where she was struck and killed. Calling party buses “booze cruises,” Hill asked fellow lawmakers to pass AB 45, the bill he introduced 18 months ago. If passed, the bill would close a loophole in an existing law, which holds chauffeurs responsible for underage drinking in limousines but has no provisions for drivers of party buses.
“The problem is, and the sad part is, that there are those operators who are just in it for a quick buck,” Hill says. “And they will take anybody on a ride and charge them what they can and allow them to do what they want without the responsibility of what can occur.”
Hill claims that if legislators had passed his bill when it was introduced, the tragic death of the Santa Cruz woman could have been avoided. The bill has already been passed in the California Assembly and is under review in the Senate. If passed, the law would subject chauffeurs that allow underage drinking to be fined up to $2,000 for each infraction, with the possibility of losing their driver’s licenses.
Whether this law is passed or not, it won’t change our policy on underage drinking or our approach to guest safety. We have stated many times that a very small minority of Bay Area party bus rental companies are responsible for the vast majority of incidences of drunken and rowdy behavior outside clubs and other locations. We work with other San Francisco party bus services to promote responsible guest policies and keep our guests’ party bus experiences fun and safe. Guest safety is our first priority at all times, and we explain our rules to guests before each rental. If you want to have a memorable San Francisco party bus experience that is safe, fun and affordable, please call us today at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936 to make a reservation for your special occasion.