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Here is some information about renting party buses. Not all party buses are created equal.
Some call them a "Party Bus," "Limo Bus," "Limousine Bus," or "Event Bus." It makes no difference; they all have to follow the same laws outlined below.
A party bus is defined in Minnesota Statute, Section 221.012, subdivision 26: Motor carrier of passengers. “Motor carrier of passengers” means a person engaged in the for-hire transportation of passengers in vehicles designed to transport eight or more persons, including the driver.
Minnesota Statutes 169A.35 Open bottle law. Subdivision 6. Exceptions. (a) This section does not prohibit the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by passengers in:
(1) a bus that is operated by a motor carrier of passengers, as defined in section 221.011, subdivision 48; or
(2) a vehicle providing limousine service as defined in section 221.84, subdivision 1.
Minimum levels of financial responsibility (insurance coverage):
$1.5 million for any vehicle with a seating capacity of 15 passengers or less
$5 million for any vehicle with a seating capacity of 16 passengers or more
So, how do you know if the party bus you are renting has met all their legal obligations?
The state of Minnesota closely regulates the operation of party buses. The state issues a “Certificate of Registration Motor Carrier of Passengers.” A photo copy of this certificate, along with the vehicle identification card must be in the vehicle at all times. Ask your carrier to produce it, it’s the only way you can make sure they are in good standing with the state and have the proper insurance coverage.