There’s a renewed call for the Provincial Government to make it mandatory for chaperones to be on board party buses.
Julie Raymond lost her daughter Shannon in 2008 as the result of a trip she made on a party bus that had alcohol and drugs.
Raymond says a third-party, independent chaperone should be mandatory on all party buses, as they are in Washington State.
“That is not a chaperone that is attached to the party bus company, it’s an independent, third party because a chaperone attached to a party bus company is a conflict of interest.”
Transportation Minister Todd Stone says the move isn’t necessary because provincial laws don’t condone alcohol on any vehicles.
Stone is reminding high school grads to make good transportation choices during celebrations.
“Everyone who is taking part in celebrations over the next month or two needs to remember this: having or consuming alcohol in any vehicle is against the law. Don’t risk ruining your big night because police will enforce the liquor laws and will be monitoring limousines and buses during the grad season.”
In February, the province introduced new licensing regulations in B-C’s limousine industry.
Limousine operators using vehicles with “perimeter seating” must have a special authorization licence.
To date, 71 licensed operators have received their new special authorization licence plates – which means they have gone through a review by the Passenger Transportation Board.