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After deadly New York crash, new scrutiny on limousine safety regulations

Posted: 11:11 PM, Oct 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-12 12:48:43Z

Allison Limousine has been operating in Tucson for decades. 

The family-run business says keeping up-to-date on their vehicle inspections is a requirement they gladly fulfill. 

"Brakes, emergency exits and fire extinguishers are definitely a must."

Alyssa Wong is an office manager with the company. She says they are inspected by the Tucson Police Department every three months and annually by the Arizona Department of Transportation. 

"People hire us to make sure that they get safely to point A, point B or through their trip and we want to make sure that we are providing the safest form of transportation for them." 

The limo that crashed and killed 20 people had failed an inspection last month, according to the New York Department of Transportation. 

It was not supposed to be on the road according to Governor Cuomo. 

"I think it's time that in the limousine industry they start cracking down on faulty limousine companies."

In Arizona, Wong says there is nothing from stopping a company from rolling out a limo that failed an inspection. 

"Nothing. Nothing. As sad as it sounds there's nothing. I mean, with us we comply so much that we know better than to send a vehicle out if it is tagged to not be in service." 

To be on the safe side, Wong says customers should ask companies for copies of inspections.