RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) –It’s prom and wedding season, which means it’s a busy time for local limousine companies. One local company says they already had several safety measures in place before the tragedy in the Bay area.
According to reports, the limousine that caught fire in San Mateo only had four exit doors and no fire extinguisher. The limo company in Reno says most of the limos operating in our area have five exit doors and carry at least one fire extinguisher.
The Nevada Transportation Safety Administration tells News 4 there’s no state law regulating fire extinguishers in limos, so companies follow the federal law. Federal law states limousines carrying 16 or more passengers have to carry an extinguisher.
Also to operate a limo in Nevada, the vehicles have to pass an annual inspection. Executive Limousine says they do a 27-point inspection before every trip.
“These cars goes out two, three, four, five times a day. There always being inspected, so the trip you go on you know that it got inspected before and after you return," says Rich Crombie with Executive Limousine.
Crombie says drivers check items including doors, breaks, the engine, tires and many other things. Executive Limousine says they have two fire extinguishers in every car, one in the front and one in the back.
"Every time someone gets in the car, whether it's one person or a group of eight, we show them all the controls of the comfort amenities. We also show them and let them know about the fire extinguishers and exit doors,” says Crombie.
Crombie says they have been implementing these safety procedures for quite some time. He says parents aren’t too concerned about putting their kids in limos after the tragedy in the Bay area, but he does say some parents come and check out the vehicles before reserving it.
Crombie adds, it’s important to ask how many doors a vehicle has, whether it has a fire extinguisher, the experience of the driver, and if it’s been inspected.