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Party bus firm wants industry in talks

As government officials are set to meet today to discuss party bus industry regulations, a local party bus company is concerned there is no industry attendance at the meeting.

As government officials are set to meet today to discuss party bus industry regulations, a local party bus company is concerned there is no industry attendance at the meeting.

Officials from Calgary, Edmonton and the province are speaking today in Red Deer about the fate of the party bus industry, just two months after a man was run over by a party bus after he was kicked off.

Tom Malin, CEO of Party Machine, a Calgary-based party bus, said while he agrees improvement is needed, he wants the industry to be involved in the talks.

“I feel that our voices should be heard since we have background knowledge of the industry. We just want to help be a part of the solution,” Malin said.

The meeting will address perceived problems and discuss regulating party buses through the province, something both the industry and local politicians hope to prevent, Malin added.

Calgary party bus industry members have already met to discuss the situation and have retained the services of Diligence LLP, a risk advisory firm, to identify collective improvements.