October 15, 2013 > Governor Signs Corbett Limo Safety Bill
Governor Signs Corbett Limo Safety Bill
Submitted By Julie Lujano
Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) announced that Governor Jerry Brown signed a critical limousine safety bill that increases the number of required exit points in the passenger compartment of these vehicles.
Limousine operators will also be required to instruct passengers on the safety features of the vehicle before the beginning of any trip.Ê SB 109 applies to all new limousines after July 1, 2015 and contains a two-and-a-half year phase-in period for existing limousines.
Following a deadly limo fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge that killed five women in early May, as well as a second incident in Walnut Creek where 10 elderly women narrowly escaped serious injury in mid-June, Senator Corbett became convinced that enhanced safety requirements were indeed necessary to ensure limousine passenger safety.