If you are planning a hen night for a bride-to-be, you may be looking to hire a party bus to transport you into town and back home again. Hen parties can often involve a lot of alcohol, so it is important that you understand the laws and regulation which relate to drinking on a party bus. Below is a guide to some top tips which will help you to have a safe and fun night out.
Check if the company has a Bring Your Own (BYO) permit
The Department of Transport regulates the consumption of alcohol when riding in a charter vehicle. When looking for a party bus hire, you should check that the company has a Bring Your Own (BYO) permit. A BYO permit will allow you and your friends to bring your own booze onboard so you can have a drink while driving to the nightclub or restaurant. However, a BYO permit does not allow the party sell or serve alcohol. If the party bus company does not have a valid BYO permit and you are stopped by the police, you may be charged with drinking in a public place. Penalties can vary from state to state but a conviction will normally result in a fine.
Understand your responsibilities
When people are drinking, it is very easy for things to get out of hand. When you sign the contract to hire the party bus, you should carefully read the small print and make sure you understand what you could be held responsible for. Examples of what you may be responsible for include:
- The cost of any cleaning required if someone vomits
- The cost of any fines awarded due to the behaviour of the group
- The repair cost for any damage to the interior of the party bus
When booking a party bus, you will probably be asked to pay a security deposit. The company will hold this deposit and returned to you once the bus hire is completed. However, if any damage has occurred, the party bus company may withhold all or a portion of the deposit to cover their cost. If you are worried about losing the deposit, you should ask each member of the hen do to contribute towards it.
If you would like to find out more about how to hire a party bus for a hen party, you should contact a party bus company today.