A party bus (also known as a Party Ride, limo bus, limousine bus, party van, or luxury bus) is a large motor vehicle usually derived from a conventional bus or coach, but modified and designed to carry 10 or more people purely for recreational purposes generally involving some kind of celebration, such as a birthday or graduation. Party buses are usually driven by chauffeurs.
Party buses offer seating capacities ranging from 10 to 50 passengers. In some cases, these are converted van or minibus chassis, with some conversions done using urban coach or motor coach chassis. Amenities may include upgraded electrical systems, fast idle controller, AM/FM stereo with CD player, power/heated remote control mirrors, power door locks and windows, upgraded seats and fabric, stripper poles, air actuated passenger entry door, video and audio systems, luggage partitions, back-up cameras, smoke machines, laser lights, disco lights, strobe lights, restroom facility, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) equipment, and a large array of floor plans to suit varying needs.
Party buses are primarily used for, although not limited to, weddings, proms and bachelor and bachelorette parties as well as round trips to casinos, nights on the town, personalized drop offs and pick ups at various bars and nightclubs, birthdays, trips to the races and city tours.
While some party buses are used for week long tours and events, most are used for day trips and events. Most party buses, however, operate as a vehicle for hire, providing more accessible competition to limousines and taxicabs.
Some party buses are fitted out for use as a mobile entertainment centre for kids parties. were they dont carry passengers but are driven to a customers house or parked on a village hall car park near by. Then children's entertainers such as clowns, jugglers, and magicians etc operate out of the bus which may also contain a sound & video system and bring items like a bouncy castle etc for the kids to play on along with other attractions dependant on the age group.
In some countries the driver may need to have a different driving licence to that of a car licence.
In Europe if the vehicle is under 3500 kg gross vehicle weight and can carry eight passengers or less than this can be driven on a category B driving licence. Vehicles under 7500 kg GVW but still carries eight passengers or less than a category C1 Large Goods Vehicle licence is required. Vehicles carrying 16 passengers or less, regardless of the GVW weight require a category D1 licence.
The rules above may refer to the regulations when the vehicle is being used on the public highway, local entertainment laws may dictate otherwise when the bus is stationary.
- Customised buses
- Livery vehicles
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