VLA members cannot provide alcohol for customers.
The Virginia Limousine Association is a member of the National Limousine Association (NLA)
RESPONSIBILITIES OF LIMOUSINE DRIVERS
For any limousine hired by a parent for minors (under 21), the limousine driver should carry a phone number where the parent can be reached during the time of service.
When the driver picks up the customer, he/she should state to the youth (and the parent, if present) that the company’s
SITUATIONS A DRIVER MAY ENCOUNTER AND ACTIONS TO TAKE:
If a driver discovers that minors in his vehicle are transporting or consuming alcohol
If the driver discovers that passengers in his vehicle are in possession of or using drugs:
If minors appear to be under the influence of alcohol, when the driver picks them up before or after an event:
In each of the above situations, do not leave the minors until they have been returned home to a parent, a parent arrives to take them home, or the police arrive.
Some drivers may be hesitant to call the police, because they do not want to cause problems for the youth. Drivers need to remember that it is the juvenile’s actions that have caused the problem, not theirs. Facing the consequences of their actions is often the wake-up call a youth needs.
What happens when the police are called?
First-time offenders in many jurisdictions have the opportunity to participate in a diversionary program for drug/alcohol offenders which, if successfully completed, keeps them from appearing in court and leaves no record, unless they commit a second offense.
Be aware that if a driver knowingly transports minors who are drinking in the vehicle or have possession of alcohol in the vehicle and he or she is stopped by the police for any reason, the driver can be charged with separate counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for each youth in the vehicle, even for those minors who are not drinking.