Group pushes for safety regulations for Nashville party buses

Posted at 5:09 PM, Aug 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-12 23:34:06-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The group Safe Fun Nashville is continuing its calls for regulations for party vehicles in downtown Nashville.

Organizers held a press conference on Broadway Thursday afternoon. As pedal taverns and party buses passed behind them, members of the group called for "common sense" regulations in hopes of keeping people safe.

"There's a lack of regulations to take care of and keep the visitors here and the people who use those safe," said Jim Schmitz, downtown resident and businessman.

The group created an online petition encouraging state legislature and the Metro Council to regulate safety standards on party vehicles.

A bill in the state legislature that would have given Nashville the right to regulate transpotainment vehicles never made it through last year during the onset of the pandemic..

Mayor John Cooper's office issued this statement regarding transpotainment regulation in Nashville:

Nashville's success as a world-class city depends on our culture of safety. Entertainment vehicle operators agree that we need commonsense regulations in place to keep people safe. Metro will keep pursuing the authority we need from the state to put rules in place and enforce them.

"I don't know how we're able to have hot tubs and massage chairs going down Broadway when you have all these nice hotels where you can partake in those kinds of events...I just want us to stay safe," said Nashville resident Tee Jordan.

They referenced the recent incident last month of a man being injured after he fell from a party bus, which then ran over his legs. They said it's a prime example as to why regulations are needed.

"The frustrating part is that there are no guardrails. I mean, just about anybody can get a license and go and drive one of these things...we've got to get some common sense around these things," said Schmitz.

Watch the full press conference below. If you would like to learn more, you can click the link to the petition here.