Press Release - 01-02-2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2024

STRETCH LIMOUSINE OPERATOR ARRESTED FOR OPERATING ILLEGALLY

Owner Illegally Operated the Limo and Attempted to Use it to Transport Paying Customers

New Yorkers Encouraged to Verify Company and Driver Information, Follow Safety Tips Before Renting and Riding in Altered Vehicles 

 

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today announced the arrest of Daniel Garhartt of Averill Park for operating a stretched limousine in a for-hire capacity that he registered for personal use and attempting to use it to transport unsuspecting passengers.

Garhartt was arrested Friday afternoon outside Albany International Airport. The investigation was conducted by DMV’s Division of Field Investigation (DFI) in conjunction with NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

Garhartt, operator of Classic Transportation Service, is charged with two Class E felonies and a misdemeanor charge for offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, falsifying business records in the first degree, and for a false written statement, as well as being ticketed for driving an uninspected vehicle.

Garhartt is accused of submitting paperwork for a 2005 Cadillac which he stated was not being used in a for-hire capacity and therefore did not require for-hire auto insurance. He also stated the vehicle had the proper safety inspection. Investigators later discovered advertisements offering to use the vehicle to transport customers despite not having the proper insurance, registration, or safety inspection.

As part of the arrest, DMV issued an immediate suspension of Garhartt’s driver license and the vehicle owned and operated by him pending a safety hearing. The limousine was impounded and towed from the airport.

Image of black Cadillac limousine whose owner was charged with illegal operation.

Image of black Cadillac limousine whose owner was charged with illegal operation.

Image of black Cadillac limousine whose owner was charged with illegal operation.

Swift action and cooperation among the agencies helped to remove this clandestine operator from New York’s roadways, making them safer for all.

This arrest comes as DMV and DOT are currently engaged in a social media campaign, “Don’t Take a Back Seat to Safety”, to remind consumers looking to hire a limousine for a special occasion – wedding, prom, girls’ night, winery trip, whatever it may be -- to make sure that they do their homework first.

The charges are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

Anyone renting a limousine is encouraged to visit the Safe Limo New York website for tips to follow before you charter an altered limousine.  The website also includes operating safety inspection performance data of carriers operating under NYS DOT operating authority.

To file a limousine safety related complaint, fill out the complaint form or call the toll-free hotline at 833-727-0901. 

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