Party buses and alcohol should not be related. In Vancouver it is illegal to consume alcohol in a moving vehicle. This means that although twenty people may be crowded into a party bus throughout the night going in between all sorts of events that contain alcohol the chauffeur should not be allowing alcohol onboard.
Sadly, this has not been the case recently with a couple of sad incidents occurring with party buses in the Vancouver region. A 16 year old boy died after drinking alcohol on a party bus and a 17 year old girl assaulted after drinking in a party bus.
Both of these cases occurred with the same company that was unlicensed. This is important as an unlicensed vehicle will generally have looser policies that may break the law in order to gain custom from the law abiding operators.
While everyone may think that a chauffeur simply drives from A to B to C or wherever the passengers want to go, there is a lot more to the job. A chauffeur requires a specialty license and there is a difference between an adequate chauffeur and outstanding limo chauffeurs.
An outstanding chauffeur should know the laws for driving limousines and party buses in British Columbia and follow them. Some councilors are saying that the party buses should be banned as they are unruly. This is avoiding the issue. Teenagers are sneaky, party bus or not they will find a way to consume alcohol when underage. Just because these two incidents happened with party buses involved does not mean they are directly linked.
An outstanding chauffeur however will ensure this happens. A great Vancouver limousine chauffeur will have the following traits:
- Extensive knowledge of all related laws
- Ability to remind people of the laws when they are breaking them
- Knowledge of sneaky things that teenagers can do to bend the law
- Knows when to call in extra assistance if things are getting out of control
A professional chauffeur is not just there to drive you in a limo around Surrey, Vancouver or wherever. They are providing a luxury service and those whom are operating fully licensed vehicles ensuring that party bus goers are abiding by the laws.
When done safely and responsibly, a party bus is an excellent way to have fun and get around as a group. Whether you choose to use it for your wedding , graduation, corporate transportation,Vancouver sightseeing tours, birthday celebration make sure your chauffeur has a proper license and make sure you have an outstanding limo chauffeur.