State Laws Prohibit Local Regulation Of Large Occupancy Vehicles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - They're elected to help keep you safe, but some of Nashville's city leaders said they're being stymied by the state.

After the limo crash in upstate New York last week that killed 20 people, Metro Council members said they'd like to prevent those kinds of tragedies with regulations to keep everyone safe.

But Metro Councilman Freddie O'Connell said it's nearly impossible to enact regulations on the popular party barges and other kinds of large occupancy vehicles in Nashville because state law prohibits it.

"There are some wrinkles in there that limit our ability as a local jurisdiction to better ensure the safety of passengers," O'Connell said.

O'Connell, Councilman Jeremy Elrod, and others are looking at ways they can make people who ride them safer, like limiting where the party barges can drive downtown.

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