Washington State regulators laying groundwork to regulate party buses

Moves to regulate party buses in Washington State, now under consideration by the state Utility and Transportation Commission, underline how far behind BC is falling in a North America-wide push to ensure public safety in the industry.

Although BC Transportation Minister Todd Stone has so far rejected calls for regulation here, more Lower Mainland municipalities are joining Vancouver’s call for action.

California has already passed comprehensive regulation and pressure for action is rising in Oregon, where Portland has stepped enforcement after a fatality in that city.

When will BC act? Grad season will soon be upon us, as Julie Raymond, who lost her daughter Shannon in a BC party bus incident in 2010, recently reminded Todd Stone. There’s no time like the present.