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Nashville Limousine Companies Stress Safety

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After a limousine fire claimed the lives of a bride-to-be and four friends in California, Nashville limousine companies want customers to know their vehicles are safe.

Two years ago, Mayor Karl Dean approved changes to the Metropolitan Code of Law regulating motorized, non-taxi passenger vehicles.

Davidson County limousine companies have to be licensed through the Metropolitan Transportation Licensing Commission.

Under the ordinance, the commission must inspect all company vehicles used for transporting customers.

The vehicles must also display a permit sticker on the front windshield.  In addition, drivers must pass background checks, and be trained. 

Also, permits for all vehicles must be renewed annually. The ordinance states limousines should ideally be newer than 10 years old, and vehicles older than 10 years old will be subjected to additional inspections.

Officials said the changes have done a lot to ensure consistency and peace of mind for customers.

"I believe our vehicles are safe," said Billy Fields, Director of Transportation Licensing Commission. "I believe the companies work hard at it, and I know my inspectors work hard at it."

At Grand Avenue in Nashville, employees said safety is their top priority.  They are staffed 24 hours a day to make sure vehicles are cleaned and up to code.

"We do a pre and post trip ticket to make sure all inspection points are gone through and our clients are getting excellent service and a reliable and safe vehicle," said Vice President of Operations, Rebecca Kauffman.

As prom and wedding season begins, and limousine rentals increase, Kauffman wants Nashville residents to feel safe renting one of their vehicles.

"It's our goal to service them with high standards make sure they enjoy themselves and they arrive in a comfortable manner," said Kauffman.

The cause of the California fire is still under investigation.


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