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Prom limo law-What you need to know

Did you know that a stretch limo is the safest form of transport in the UK? To date there hasn’t been a single fatality in a limo but some shocking law breaking among prom limo hire companies means that many are risking tragedy.

Recent figures suggest that almost half of all limo companies are acting illegally. Why does it matter to you if they’re so safe? Check out this story of Colne Community School students who couldn’t get to prom after the police arrested their limo driver on the way to the venue!

To avoid a similar fate here are a few legal issues to keep in mind:

8 passengers max
You regularly see 10 or more people spilling out of a Hummer limo but legally, standard limos can only carry 8 people. Those with more need special certification called COIF; a minibus license will not do. If your prom limo hire company claims you can fit your whole class in the back of that sweet pink limo demand to see their COIF first.

Licensing
Since 2009 limo drivers need an ‘O-licence’ or a local council licence to drive you to prom. This is absolutely crucial because it verifies that they can drive to a certain standard and CRB checks the drivers so you can be sure you’ll be safe.

Insurance
Don’t forget to check that the company has ‘Hire and Reward’ insurance and that it covers at least as many people as will be in the back of the car. If it doesn’t, it’s not legal.

You can ensure that your limo hire company ticks all of these boxes and are CRB checked for working with students by finding one through the “National Limousine & Chauffeur Association” at www.NLCA.co.uk.

How not to do it

Did you check these things out before hiring your car? Let us know below!


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1 Response to " Prom limo law-What you need to know "

  1. Rob says:

    Oh my – did you see this? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10181559 Eight prom limousines fail safety checks in Derbyshire!

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