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.”