California Gov. Signs Limo Safety Law

A bill that aims to improve safety for limousine passengers in the wake of a fatal limousine tragedy that killed five women on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge earlier this year was signed into law, reports CBS SF Bay Area.

The limo safety bill authored by state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, was introduced at the start of the year but was ushered through the Legislature after five women were killed when limo they were riding in caught fire on the bridge on May 4.

The law will increase the number of required exits in the passenger compartment of limousines, with an extra door and a push-out window.

It also requires limo operators to brief passengers on safety features at the start of a trip.

The law will apply to all new limousines starting July 1, 2015. All existing limos have until Jan. 1, 2016, to conform the vehicles to the requirements of the law.

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