Global Trends

New Orleans Increasing Enforcement on Party Buses

New Orleans Increasing Enforcement on Party Buses

“We are ramping up enforcement in all areas. Now is the time to make sure you are in compliance. This is a public safety issue and public safety is a top priority,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said April 10.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has reminded residents who operate as charter party carriers, also known as party bus operators, that the city is increasing enforcement and they should obey the rules, regulations, and laws on the books. “We are ramping up enforcement in all areas. Now is the time to make sure you are in compliance. This is a public safety issue and public safety is a top priority,” Cantrell said April 10.

An overview of the standards and requirements for charter party carriers from the city’s Department of Safety & Permits is available here.

The mayor’s news release listed questions that residents should ask when considering the rental of a party bus:

  • Does your party bus have a Certificate of Public Necessity (CPNC) issued by the city of New Orleans? They can verify this by searching the CPNC number on onestopapp.nola.gov. The number means the operator is properly insured and the vehicle is appropriately registered.
  • Are your party bus drivers licensed by the city of New Orleans? This, too, they can verify by searching the driver’s name or permit number; the number means the driver has the appropriate type of license to operate a large commercial vehicle, has a clean driving record, has passed a background check and drug test, and has completed defensive driving training.
  • Is your bus a retrofitted school bus or trailer? If so, this is a red flag, according to the release, which states that retrofitted school buses and trailers are rarely appropriately registered or insured to transport passengers.
  • Is your bus a limo-bus or charter bus? If so, the vehicle is more likely to be safe, insured, and registered., but residents are advised they should still request proof, such as a CPNC number.

Source: OHSOnline.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.