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Here’s a tourism bus/limo safety checklist

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As co-owner of Experience the Finger Lakes, a tour bus company, Laura Winter Falk has mastered what she calls the tough standards necessary to operate in New York State.
 
Here’s what she would expect you to do to make sure her drivers and vehicles are safe:
 
1 – Ask if her drivers have completed a list of requirements like medical exams and road tests under New York’s 19A certification program. Any driver of a bus, which is defined as a vehicle that carries more than 10 people, has to meet these requirements under the program.
 
2 – Ask if her vehicles have been inspected by the Department of Transportation, which looks over tourism buses twice a year.
 
3 – Check online reviews like those found on Trip Advisor and ask potential destinations, like a winery or brewery, if they have a company they trust.
 
4 – Put the company’s name through the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) system. This will show several elements of a company’s history, like number of crashes. Click here to for that website.
 
5 – Be suspicious if the company doesn’t ask you to sign an Assumption of Risk form.
 
6 – Ask if they’re insured.
 
7 – Visually inspect the vehicles before the trip. 
 
Falk cautions, though, that a company’s failure to have an answer here or there might reveal a company new to the tourism game, not an unsafe one.
 
“I don’t think it’s always the case that a company is negligent, they might just not know. It’s a growing tourism industry,” Falk said.
 
But she certainly understands a customer’s desire to be thorough.
 
“Given what’s coming out (about the recent limo crash), it goes back to ask and verify,” she said.

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