“The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday about the car that had recently failed an inspection.
The limousine involved in an accident that killed 20 people in upstate New York on Saturday, including two pedestrians and all those riding inside, failed an inspection last month and should not have been on the road, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road,” Cuomo said on Monday while speaking to press.
Cuomo also said the driver of the vehicle, who has not been identified, did not have the specific license — a commercial driver’s license with a passenger endorsement — required to drive the limousine.
It is still not clear whether the limousine crash was the fault of the driver or a malfunction of the vehicle, Cuomo said, but that the National Transportation Safety Board and state police were investigating.
Prestige Limousine, the company responsible for the vehicle, was being sent a cease and desist until the investigation is complete, Cuomo said.
A spokesperson for Prestige Limousine did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding Cuomo’s statement.
Cuomo said the limousine was a “chopped vehicle,” meaning it had been cut and extended and needed federal certification that it had been extended in a way that is compliant with the law, which it did not have.
“I think the owner of Prestige has a lot of questions to answer,” Cuomo said.
Via: NBC NEWS