Safety Rules For Limousine OperatorsExperienced Limousine Accident Lawyers
Limousine accidents involve a blend of traditional car accident laws, common carrier laws and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act regulations. The applicability of federal regulations depends on the seating capacity of the limousine. Different regulations apply to for-hire vehicles with seating capacity for less than seven passengers and for seating capacity of less than 16 passengers. Once a limousine has a seating capacity of 16 or more the limousine is subject to the motor carrier regulations applicable to buses. Determining the seating capacity of a limousine is not always easy due to perimeter bench seating. Minimum insurance coverage amounts under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act apply to limousines of certain seating capacity that operate in interstate commerce. In the Washington metropolitan area limousine companies typically cross state lines and are subject to these requirements.
A commercial motor vehicle is defined as any vehicle that carries 9 or more passengers including the driver for compensation or 16 or more passengers including the driver not for compensation. A class C commercial driver’s license is required for any vehicle designed to carry 16 or more passengers including the driver. Maryland does not impose any greater restrictions. If a driver wants to operate a commercial vehicle with a capacity to transport 16 or more people including the driver a passenger endorsement is required for the CDL. Depending on the size of the limousine the driver may not have any special training beyond a standard driver’s license. Bus drivers must have a special endorsement on their Commercial Driver’s Licenses.
Call 301-888-4878 to schedule a free consultation with a Board Certified Truck Accident Attorney to discuss your injury claim from a limousine accident. Patterson law has offices in Bowie and Annapolis. The Bowie office is located in the Omni Medical Building, 4000 Mitchellville Road, Suite A202, Bowie, Maryland. The Annapolis office is located in the Patterson Law building at 1 Willow Street, Annapolis, Maryland. Both offices are located off of Route 50.