Party bus reforms urged after Langley woman dies in Vancouver

NDP previously proposed mandatory chaperones when minors are carried

There are renewed calls for tougher restrictions on the party bus industry after the death of a passenger over the weekend.

The 23-year-old Langley woman died after she fell out of the open door of a party bus as it made a left turn in downtown Vancouver. She was identified Tuesday as Chelsea Lynn Mist James.

It’s the latest in a series of deaths, often tied to underage drinking or drug use.

The province last year tightened licensing requirements for buses and limousines with perimeter seating, including mandatory display of a special licence plate to allow police checks.

NDP MLA George Heyman said the province hasn’t gone far enough.

“It’s time to admit that relying on self-regulation has failed with tragic results,” he said.

Heyman previously proposed legislation requiring chaperones for trips involving minors, standardized safety training, penalties for advertising illegal activity, and safe drop-off provisions to end the practice of dumping sick or distressed passengers.

“These things might have made a difference this weekend, and could make a difference in the future.”

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