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New party bus regulations being introduced

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A woman whose sister died after taking drugs and drinking on a party bus is happy with new rules from the province related to boozing on board.

Licensees will now have to sign a declaration saying they understand alcohol can form no part of the services offered, that includes not being able to advertise anything to do with booze.

Danielle Raymond has been pushing for this since her sister died six years ago

“They are now being forced to register under the same category which is called special authorization. [This is the same] as limos and taxis, which is where they should have been all along but they’ve been allowed to register under general and there’s not as much oversight attached to that.”

The BC NDP says it’s good to see Raymond’s tireless advocacy work has finally produced results.

The party says it will be monitoring to see how this plays out in the next few months. It adds if there are other things that need to be done, it’ll be bringing those issues up.

“We’ll see how the industry responds to this challenge to them to be more safe and more responsible,” explains NDP MLA George Heyman. “We’ve talked about chaperones…and we’ve also talked about training for drivers in recognizing unsafe situations and medical distress, as well as safe drop zones. So it may be that the Passenger Transportation Board will take action on this as they can do under the special authorization permits.”