Monday, April 7, 2014

Washington Regulators Crackdown on Party Bus Industry


Prom season is coming up. That means tuxes, gowns and limousines. But these days an old fashioned stretch limo can look a bit stodgy. The new rage is party buses. They carry more people and you can even stand up, dance and drink as you cruise down the road. But these parties on wheels can come at a price. Nationwide there have been nearly two dozen fatalities on these buses  including one here in the Northwest.

Now regulators in Washington state are getting ready to crackdown on the industry.

If you’ve never been on a party bus before, let me take you inside one.

“I’m William. This is my party bus.”

William Prigmore is showing me his converted 1998 Ford shuttle bus. Picture neon lights, wrap-around leather seats and the center aisle converted into a narrow, wood dance floor.

“Got a nice stereo system with a PlayStation II, 37-inch flat screen TV, exotic pole,” says Prigmore.
Yes, this bus even has a brass pole – and no, it’s not for holding onto around corners. I ask Prigmore what’s the point of a party bus?

Read the full story at nwpr.org

3 comments:

  1. the problem begins with 1998 party bus..... i am very sorry to say that the industry needs to change and place an age limit on party buses. a 1998 party bus was basically an out of service shuttle that was purchased at an auction or old bus lot for about 4,000 dollars. the big safety issue begins with the A/C unit..... a bus a/c unit is very expensive to replace thus no owner is going to pay for a new one and simply rebuilt or have a temp fix for it. the emergency exit windows over time and with age can become very sensitive. I have been on an old party bus and when a passenger sat on top of J seat and placed his body against window it actually popped the emergency window open. to retro fit a 1998 bus with new windows, no owner is going to do that..... any limousine company owner that buys a 1998 party bus is placing danger to customers.
    just because you have a limousine company with a couple of limousines does not mean you should even consider getting a party bus.... if you do want to purchase a party bus then you should purchase a 2014 party bus from a QVM coach builder or a party bus that is known to all in the industry.

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  2. They carry more people and you can even stand up, dance and drink as you cruise down the road. But these parties on wheels can come at a price. Nationwide there have been nearly two dozen fatalities on these buses including one here in the Northwest. Party Bus MN

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  3. They carry more people and you can even stand up, dance and drink as you cruise down the road. But these parties on wheels can come at a price. Nationwide there have been nearly two dozen fatalities on these buses including one here in the Northwest. Minneapolis Party Bus

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