New Limo Safety Requirements After Deadly Bridge Fire

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill requiring certain types of limousines to have two fire extinguishers and undergo regular safety checks.

Brown announced Tuesday that he signed SB611 by Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo.

The bill was in response to a limousine fire that killed a newlywed bride and four of her girlfriends on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in 2013. Four other friends inside the limo and the driver survived.

The California Highway Patrol concluded that the fire was caused by a catastrophic failure of the vehicle’s rear suspension system, igniting the carpet in the rear passenger compartment.

The bill requires modified limousines that seat up to 10 passengers to be equipped with two fire extinguishers and be inspected by the CHP every 13 months.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s