LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- This is prime season for limousine companies. However, in the wake of that deadly limo fire in California that claimed the lives of five women, WHAS11 looked into ways to make sure the limo you're riding is safe.
A steady stream of limos dropped off fans and their chaperons at the KFC Yum center Friday night. All told us they were much more focused on the Taylor Swift concert than last weekend's horrific limousine deaths.
But the story of the five members of a California bridal party who died when they were unable to escape their burning limousine has been a concern for Pat Kiesel.
“It is something that we bring to the chauffeur's attention and say 'hey, open your eyes, make sure you're paying attention'," he says.
As general manager of R&R Limousine, Kiesel says safety is his company's highest priority. There are a number of state and federal guidelines for limo services, however, both law enforcement and industry professionals tell us they're not always well enforced . . . so, Kiesel recommends potential passengers do their own research. Checking the Kentucky Limousine Association’s website will tell consumers which limo companies are accredited. Kiesel also says to check the company’s proof of insurance and registration.
According to Carey Fieldhouse, owner of R&R Limousine, and president of the Kentucky Limousine Association, proper insurance also speaks to the safety of the vehicle as carriers likely won't cover a dangerous limo.
While the vehicle capacity is supposed to be clearly displayed, Kiesel says there's often there are requests to squeeze in more. The burned California limo carried 9 instead of the 8 allowed. Kiesel says that should never be permitted.