Limo had unlicensed driver, failed inspection before deadly crash

The limo that crashed upstate, killing 20 people, failed a safety inspection just last month — and its driver wasn’t licensed to be behind the wheel, Gov. Cuomo said Monday.
“The driver of the vehicle, the quote-unquote limousine, did not have the appropriate license to be operating that vehicle. Second, that vehicle was inspected by the New York State Department of Transportation last month and failed inspection and was not supposed to be on the road,” Cuomo told reporters at the Columbus Day parade in Manhattan.
“The owner of the company — in my opinion, because there’ll be legal consequences — the owner of the company had no business putting [a] failed vehicle on the road. So we’ll go through the whole situation, but sometimes we have the laws we have the regulations, they’re broken,” the governor said.
The vehicle’s operator, Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service, has had an overall dismal track history on safety, according to records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Prestige botched four of five vehicle inspections in the past 24 months — forcing the carrier to cease operations each time, FMCSA records show. The company’s 80-percent failure rate dwarfs the national average of 20.72 percent, according to the statistics.
Cuomo said the state is seeking a cease-and-desist order to keep Prestige Limo from operating until an investigation into Saturday’s crash is complete, The Associated Press reported.