The main reason people book a party bus for their method of travel is quite simple: it acts as your designated driver and you are able to drink while you're on it.
Yes, you read that right. You can drink on a party bus.
This may come as a surprise to you, especially since we've already covered many of the standard rules of party buses, but while you are still able to drink on a party bus, there are still some rules that should be followed.
Can I Drink on a Party Bus?
One of the first things people think about when renting a party bus in Texas is the Open Container Law (Texas State Penal Code Section 49.031). According to that law, it is illegal to "knowingly possess an open container in a passenger area of a motor vehicle on a public highway, regardless of whether the vehicle is moving or parked."
Luckily for you, passenger vehicles like party buses are excluded from this law, as are limousines, charter buses and taxicabs! So drink (responsibly) away!
What Are Party Bus Companies' Drinking Regulations?
While you are allowed to drink on a party bus, the driver is not. Shocking, right? But seeing as how that driver is responsible for the safety of you and your guests, that's probably a good thing.
Similarly, unless the party bus company has gone through the proper channels (those in Texas must secure a Passenger Bus Permit through the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission), it is illegal for them to provide or sell alcohol to anyone on board. As such, you will find that most party bus companies will provide a cooler with ice water and empty drink vessels on their trips.
Many party bus companies will restrict anyone under the age of 21 from boarding their vehicles, but if they don't, they will likely have a line item in their contract stating that they will not allow minors to drink alcohol. If they witness such an act, your trip will likely be over and you will not receive a refund. To prevent cases like that, some companies may prevent alcoholic beverages on board for the duration of your trip.
When it comes to behavior, it is important to remember that while the party bus company will hold you accountable for your own behavior, the law might view the driver as responsible instead. This doesn't mean that the driver is there to act as the "fun police," but they are there to make sure that everyone is safe. If someone in your party begins acting unruly, the driver may take them to a safe dropoff point and ask them to vacate the bus.
Tips for Drinking on a Party Bus
When it comes to tips for drinking on a party bus, it all boils down to common sense, but here are a few helpful tips to see you through your trip:
1. Read the terms of alcohol consumption in your party bus rental contract.
2. Bring your ID.
3. Drink lots of water.
4. Respect your driver. You should have fun, but you shouldn't act too rowdy.
5. And, most importantly, don't forget to B.Y.O.B.!
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