More rules for party buses

With high-school graduation just months away, the province has implemented new regulations for party buses.

Starting with bookings made after April 1, party bus operators will be required to have a safety monitor on board who has first-aid training, including knowing how to administer Naloxone in the event of an opioid overdose.

"Grad season should be a memorable time for teens to celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family. Unfortunately, this industry has been largely unregulated for too long," said Claire Trevena, minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "We never want to see avoidable incidents destroying lives.”

Several young people have died in recent years on party buses in B.C., including 23-year-old Chelsea James, who fell out of a moving bus in Vancouver in 2016, and 16-year-old Shannon Raymond, who later died after ingesting ecstasy on a party bus in Maple Ridge in 2008.

"We have fought hard for these regulation changes,” said Danielle Raymond, sister of Shannon. “All we wanted was for people, especially teens, to be safe. Had someone been looking out for Shannon that night, we think she'd still be here. Her death was so senseless and preventable. We carry her loss with us, and we are going to miss her every day for the rest of our lives.”

Recent changes to party bus regulations have also included operators requiring written consent forms from parents and guardians.

Operators who fail to comply with the new regulations can be hit with fines up to $50,000.

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