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TOPIC: Transportation of the seceased in New York State

Transportation of the seceased in New York State 27 May 2010 04:27 #333


I am the owner/operator of an underdevelopment hearse service business.

My intention is to provide motorcycle drawn hearse services to clients in upstate New York. Although there is ine other company in all of New York providing this service, the owner (for obviously competetive reasons) chooses not to respond to my inquiry.

Can someone please inform me as to what the NYS law is concerning transportation of bodies in New York? I have heard that since my services will be subcontracted by the funeral director, his credentials and responsibilities include and allow for my transpotation of the deceased to the church/chapel and then to the cemetary.

Do you know of any particular insurance concerns? The deceased will be in a trailer type hearse, secured to the rear of an insured motorcycle. Generaly trailers are insured under the towing vehicles policy, but I am curious as to how the contents of a human body may impact this coverage.

Also, can the funeral director refuse a request by the family of the deceased to hire me?

Thanks for your input!

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