New York State Police revealed today that the driver of Prestige Limo, did not have a valid license. Joe Spadaro, CEO at S&S Limos says the company’s drivers are required to have much more than just a drivers license.
“They have to have a CDL with a passenger endorsement also,” explained Spadaro. “They have to fill out an application, we pull their MVR and if it looks good then they have to be drug tested, finger printed, background checked”
According to police, the limo involved in this horrific crash did not pass last month’s Department of Motor Vehicle Inspection – making the car banned from driving on the road.
“New York State red tags it and you’re not allowed to move it, you’re not allowed to put any miles on it.,” said Spadaro.
Spadaro says his company is subject to DMV, State and Federal DOT audits; which is because they make trips out of New York State.
“All of our vehicles are expected here in the shop are inspected by the state twice a year. So they are here like every couple weeks,” he said.
S&S Limos also only keep their vehicles in operation for 4 to 5 years. With weather in Upstate and Western NY, Spadaro says,the rust and wear and tear can put a toll on these cars; a possible explanation for what happened Saturday. The limo.. was made in 2001.
I felt sick to my stomach for the people that it happened to and I can’t imagine if it happened to us,” said Spadaro.
As for passengers , there are seatbelts on the bus, but law does not require them to wear it: only the driver and front-sitting passengers.
The owner of S&S limo says he plans to hold a meeting this week to increase overall safety to try and prevent the worst form happening.