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'Slambulance,' An Imposter Ambulance Turned Party Bus, Is No Longer Legal In Texas

The "Slambulance" is dead.

The ambulance converted into a party bus — reportedly outfitted with a stripper pole, neon interior lights and a full wet bar — is no longer legal on the streets of Texas. 

Paramedics at Fort Worth's ambulance service MedStar are celebrating a new law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott that makes it illegal to operate this type of vehicle.

The Slambulance, which launched in 2012, is advertised on Twitter as "your own rolling nightclub for Graduation, Prom, Bachelorette parties, Bachelor parties, Tailgating parties, or a Night on the Town!"

Chief Strategic Integration Officer Matt Zavadsky says paramedics were concerned that the vehicle could confuse the public. 

"MedStar took significant exception to this vehicle operating on the streets of Fort Worth for many reasons, but we found out it was not against the law to operate a vehicle like this, so although Fort Worth PD wanted to arrest the owner/operator, but oddly, he was not violating any laws."

MedStar worked closely with lawmakers on the language of House Bill 1249.

The law takes effect on Sept. 1.

Lauren Silverman was the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She was also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine  Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.