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

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

May 31, 2017

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.