How Nevada regulates limousine industry

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - In the wake of a limousine crash in New York that killed 20 people, 13 Action News looked into the regulations surrounding the limousine industry in Nevada.

The Nevada Transportation Authority is tasked with monitoring limousine companies in the state to make sure they are in compliance with state laws.

Before a new limousine is allowed on the road it must pass a state inspection and meet all registration requirements.

Companies then have to keep regular maintenance logs and go through annual inspections of the vehicles.

"Safety is our number one priority.  If you look at how many people's lives we have in our hands at one time.  It is really important," Tony Clark, owner of 24/7 Limousines said.

Clark has been in the limousine business for 17 years and says he works to make sure he is keeping his fleet above Nevada Transportation Authority standards.

"We have a licensed mechanic who will do a 30-day inspection as well as an annual inspection," Clark said.  "We have to stay on top of it to make sure the car is safe to go out."

On top of the regular mechanic inspection, Clark says he has drivers report any issues they find in the field, but the cars aren't the only things getting regular checkups.

Regulations require health checks and background checks for drivers. 

"One of the things you have to worry about on your drivers is that their health is correct."

Clark says he knows the deadly crash in New York will have attention back on the safety of limousines, but says they are a safe option and as with previous tragedies the industry will study the crash and make improvements.

You can also do your research into a company before renting a limo by going to the Nevada Transportation Authority website.

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