Metro Council discuss legislation to restrict party vehicles and alcohol consumption

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Posted at 6:13 AM, Nov 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-16 21:51:49-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — More restrictions could be on the way for the party bus industry.

Two pieces of legislation were introduced at Tuesday night's Metro Council meeting that would change how owners operate party vehicles.

One piece of legislation would allow any business licensed by the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission to apply for a special permit to allow customers to bring their own beer onto the entertainment vehicle.

According to these proposed rules, the beer must stay on board, which means customers can't hop on and off the vehicle with their beers.

Metro Council passed this bill on first reading. The bill will still be discussed two more times before it is put into place.

The other legislation deals with where the vehicles can operate. If passed, vehicles would have to stay within a certain area. Metro Council chose to defer discussion on this bill until the next meeting.

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, no entertainment transportation vehicle would be able to operate outside of the following boundaries:

  • Union Street, from Second Avenue N. to Fourth Avenue N.
  • Fourth Avenue N. from Union Street to Broadway
  • Broadway from Fourth Avenue N. to Second Avenue N.
  • Second Avenue N. from Broadway to Union Street

The boundaries would keep the vehicles away from Hume Fogg High School, where students spoke out about the noise they hear during their school day.