Limo-Scene highlights recent clampdown on illegal limos
Following last year’s vow to clampdown on illegal, unsafe stretch limo hire vehicles, the Vehicle Operating Standards Agency (VOSA) is following through in its crusade to revoke licences and crush impounded limos.
Recently, VOSA took away the licence of a limo operator after pulling over her limo. The limo for hire was bringing students to their prom night in West Midlands at the time.
Sarah Farrell was banned from having a licence for carrying eight or more passengers for 12 months. She didn’t check the legality of her limo for hire, which was stopped by VOSA.
In addition to a lack of paperwork, the limo has a large number of seats even though her licence, which only allowed her to carry eight passengers or less.
Traffic Commissioner Nick Jones said: “Sarah Farrell has obtained commercial advantage in breaching the clear rules which were spelt out to her in unequivocal terms in November 2011.”
The agency is even crushing unlicensed limos for hire now. It was crushed at a scrap yard in Newport, South Wales.
VOSA said: “It intended to send a message to the industry and consumers that illegal passenger service vehicles, which put the safety of their passengers at risk and create unfair competition for law-abiding businesses, will not be tolerated.”
The problems with the limo for hire included no MOT, malfunctioning brakes and no operator’s licence and no wheel nuts.
VOSA now has strong powers over illegal limos. The agency can now pull them over without agreeing it with the police.
The powers came in the wake of a report that revealed that many UK stretch limos for hire.
Don’t risked getting stopped in the middle of your limo ride and don’t travel unsafely. Check the limo you hire is properly licensed.
The Government is advising parents in the North West to ensure their children’s prom limo is safe and legal before booking.
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) issues advice to schools and parents on how to check if a limo hire company is licensed.
The organisation carries out spot checks on limos for hire at prom nights during May and June throughout the country.
Limousines must hold a passenger service vehicle licence or be licensed by the council. Without a licence, hiring out limousines is illegal.
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