Party bus rolls to a halt in Kelowna

Driver charged for 'copious amounts of open alcohol.'


Owners of a Kelowna bus service provided everything their party-minded clientele could dream of. Unfortunately their  business plan fell short of what was needed to let the good times continue to roll.

For the last three weeks a company named Embassy Mobile Entertainment offered their customers a ride in an updated 1970s Ford school bus fitted with a stripper pole, music, a dance floor and no shortage of drinks.

Problem was, however,  the concept was nothing short of illegal, and once it came to police attention they were asked to keep  an eye out for the party on wheels.

“Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 our very own Citizens on Patrol located the party bus and notified on-duty members of its whereabouts,” said Const. Kris Clark, noting that “dancing on a bus is ill advised” but open alcohol is downright illegal.

“The bus was travelling northbound on Highway 97 near Leckie when it was stopped by police.”

The 10 passengers onboard were of legal drinking age, but the illegality of what they were doing meant all their alcohol was seized and they were sent on their way.

“The driver was found to have the appropriate class of licence but was operating the bus with out the proper chauffeur’s permit,” said Clark.

He was held responsible for the open booze and was issued violation tickets with the Motor Vehicle Act and the Liquor Control and Licensing Act.

Whether their business licence will stand up also remains to be seen. Clark explained it’s believed there is concern the licence was gained under false pretences.

It’s the first time Kelowna police have made mention of party-buses in this city, but they have existed in other cities and countries for quite some time.

In recent years, it seems there has been a crackdown.

Police forces in various urban centres sought out, fined and shut down party buses for the same reason Kelowna’s was— alcohol is not supposed to be consumed in any form of ground transportation.




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