Car Seat Safety Laws in Illinois – are car seats required in Illinois for taxi and limousines?

Even if you’re traveling in style, safety should be invited along for the ride. Limos fall into a different category than your personal car, and different rules and laws apply to these types of vehicles. A limo may feel safe due to its larger size, but a car seat is the best way to keep your child secure during your trip.


Vehicle Class and Regulations

Although all states now have a law requiring children to be secured in a child passenger protection device or seat belt, depending on weight, height and age, these laws apply to regular passenger vehicles. Limos are part of the commercial vehicle class and are exempt from this law in some states.

Common Sense

Even if the law doesn’t require the use of a car seat in the back of the limo, it doesn’t mean that you can’t choose to use one.  Just because the vehicle is exempt, doesn’t mean that traveling in a limo is any safer and it recommends that you use a car seat even in these types of vehicles. Limo Car Seat

Plan Ahead

You should plan ahead and make arrangements to have a car seat available for the ride. You can bring your own car seat and install it into the limo, especially if you will need one for the rest of your trip. If you only need it for the limo ride, the limo company may have a car seat you can reserve for your trip, so inquire about this beforehand. Specify the type of car seat that your child needs.

Type and Placement of Car Seat

To maximize your child’s safety and car seat effectiveness, you must use the right car seat, and then a booster, until your child is old enough to fit an adult seat belt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, your child should use the booster seat until he can sit with the lap belt across his upper thighs, not his stomach, and the shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest, not his neck or face. The back seat is always the safest place for a child in a car seat, so don’t be tempted to put the child in the front seat of the limo.

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Wedding Planning & Limousine Rental Tips 2015

Wedding rates are usually quoted at a ‘package’ price. For Instance, “Our 3 hour wedding package is $285 and includes our six-passenger limousine”. Ask your limousine company what comes included in the package price. ALL or SOME of the following may be included in the price:
* Standard chauffeur gratuity
* Non-alcoholic beverages
* Red carpet rolled out
* Glassware in limousine
* “Just Married” sign
* Professionally attired chauffeur
* Limo decorations and napkins
* Any other amenities included?

Since a limousine on your wedding day is going to be seen by your entire circle of family and friends and recorded forever in the picture books, make absolutely sure that you know what you are getting.  This is not the time to find the cheapest price!

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If I rent a limousine, when do my rental charges start? 2015

This varies by company and location. Most companies begin rental charges at your designated pickup time location. If you say, “Our first pickup is at 6pm at 123 Main St’, then this will be the beginning of your rental charge.  Some companies begin rental charges on portal-to-portal basis and charge ‘travel-time’.

Specifically, your rental time may begin the moment the limousine begins its journey to your first pickup location. Ask your limousine company specifically how they charge as this might explain price differences. Charges for travel time is usual in remote areas where the closest limousine service may be many miles away.

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We want to rent a limo to take us to a concert. Do we have to pay for the time while we are at the concert even though we are not using the limousine?

In such cases where you are not occupying the limousine during your rental (such as bar-hopping, dinner reservations, concerts, sporting events, etc.) you still have to pay for the rental time, even though you aren’t physically inside the vehicle. Even though you are not using the vehicle while at a concert, the vehicle cannot be used elsewhere; even when there are 2 or 3 hours in between drop-off and pickup.

In addition, if there are more than 6-7 hours between drop-off and pick-up and you remain local, some companies may offer a “split” – just a rental to-and-from your destination with no charge for waiting time in between, however this option offers inconveniences such as unavailability to leave things in the limo, leaving earlier than expected, or having the same chauffeur or car upon return. Ask your service provider if they offer a package to accommodate your needs.

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Can I drink alcohol in the limousine?

Typically “yes” if it is legal in your area.  The laws vary from state to state so ask when you book the limousine.  Underage drinking in a limousine is ILLEGAL, no matter what state you live in and a reputable company WILL NOT allow it, so you risk losing your charter total and being arrested if you violate the law.

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Do I Have to tip the driver, and if so, how much?

YES! Your driver is working in the service industry just like a waiter or bartender, but assumes a much more responsible role.  The standard tip is 20% of the total fare. If you feel your driver has performed in an exceeding manner, you can tip more. Some companies will AUTOMATICALLY include the gratuity (tip) in their total price quote. When making reservations, always ask if GRATUITY is included in the total price. If not, you should budget an extra twenty percent towards your total bill for driver gratuity.

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Why can’t I find a limousine for only a one hour rental?

Most companies require a minimum 2 or 3 hour booking to rent the vehicle. This is due to the large expense and cost involved in securing and maintaining the vehicles. The average limousine can run around $70,000-$180,000 new!  A one-hour rental is simply not cost effective because the vehicle is only in ‘paid-service’ for one hour; however actual vehicle run time may be more than 2 hours. Other costs that make a 1-hour rental not possible is vehicle preparation time and driver salary.

In addition, during prom or other high demand season, minimum hourly booking requirements may increase to 5-8 hours due to the overwhelming demand for limousines. You are more likely to get struck by lightning than getting a limousine rental for 1 or 2 hours during prom or special event season. Some companies may offer special exceptions to this rule depending on fleet availability and their current scheduling considerations.

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2015 Limo & Party Bus Rental Tips

Are you thinking about renting a limousine for a special occasion? Perhaps you’re getting married soon. Or maybe you just want to go somewhere in style and not worry about driving or just need simple transportation to and from the airport. We’ve provided this handy INFO guide and some great tips on what you can expect in terms of COST and POLICIES when renting a limousine.


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What is included with limousine service?

It is very important to ask about the ‘all-inclusive price’ when reserving a limousine. Unfortunately, some companies are unscrupulous in their billing methods and will tack on extra charges such as non-existent highway taxes, fuel surcharges, beverages, waiting time, travel times, tolls, and other miscellaneous charges.

While such cases are rare, it is a good idea to get the all-inclusive price, which should include the TOTAL FARE.  (Usually does not include sales tax)  This is especially important when renting a limousine for a third party such as a wedding couple or younger kids celebrating prom or homecoming.

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How much does it cost to rent a limousine? 2015

Limousine rentals run in the neighborhood of $50 – $300 per hour (SUV’s) with a MINIMUM of two or three hours booked.  Most companies require a minimum of 2 or 3 hours to provide service, with exception to standard airport service.

Generally speaking, renting a limousine can be compared to renting a hotel room.  There is a large span of quality and service levels to choose from, and the difference in price is usually determined by what you get or don’t get.  You will usually find that “you get what you pay for” and special attention should be paid to what you DON’T get since the limousine industry in many states is lightly regulated.

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