A number of expensive stretched limousines have been destroyed in what is being seen as another attempt to finish the UK’s limousine industry.
Firefighters tore the roof off a £40,000 Hummer H2 limousine today (17th September 2012) with cutting equipment in the glorified training session which was supposed to send a message about the use of ‘illegal limousines’. TheChauffeur.com exclusively filmed the event which was held at the Surrey Fire Brigade Headquarters in Reigate.
For whom the message was for is unclear, but what was clear is that the authorities have failed in directing a message at anyone in particular. VOSA told TheChauffeur.com that the exercise was to show ‘how difficult it is to remove the roof from such a vehicle to rescue passengers.’
VOSA also rolled a large commercial vehicle onto another stretched 4×4 limo – the aim of this particular exercise is still unclear.
Bill Bowling from the National Limousine and Chauffeur Association told TheChauffeur.com; “This is yet another character assassination attempt on limousines by VOSA. If you look at the figures, limousine travel is safer than any other form of road transport in the number of people carried per accident, taxis and private hire vehicles are way in front of limousines, but as per usual we are the target.”
He added; “I note that they never ever contact the trade association before they embark on yet another crusade. I would be interested to hear the outcome, I would also encourage them to roll an HGV over a normal saloon and compare the results, I bet they don’t!
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