Nashville organization hopes new regulations for party vehicles are enforced

Posted at 6:43 AM, Mar 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-18 09:54:11-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — St. Patrick’s Day is officially over, but that doesn’t mean the party won’t continue through this weekend.

Visitors may want to hop on a party vehicle just weeks before some newly amended rules go into effect on April 1.

"Safe Fun Nashville" hopes this will cut down on some of the noise complaints and help keep people safe. Members of the group hope these new rules will be enforced.

Party vehicle owners have said in the past these regulations could hurt business.

In December, a new ordinance banned open containers on party vehicles with open roofs and no side barriers, which is why so many now operate with plastic or glass enclosures.

Metro police and the Nashville Department of Transportation will be enforcing the rules, and anyone caught with alcohol could face a $50 fine.

Below is a list of amended regulations that will go into effect next month:

  • The definition of "enclosed" and "unenclosed" will be further defined by the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission to ensure each is in compliance with existing noise ordinances.
  • Passengers will be allowed to drink alcohol only on buses with a beer board permit, and no longer be restricted to seating areas while the buses are in motion.
  • Party buses need approval to deviate from established routes or hours.
  • Businesses must also apply for a license to operate.
  • Owners will need to make sure they also meet insurance requirements.