An analysis from the Times-Union in Albany, New York, found that the state has routinely failed to impose serious penalties or seek criminal charges against operators and transportation companies who take unsafe vehicles on the road. The investigation came after the crash involving a Ford limousine in upstate New York that killed 20 people in October. The vehicle was still being rented despite serious mechanical defects at the time.
The limo, rented out by Prestige Limousine, had faulty breaks that were never repaired and remain a focus of the crash investigation. The Department of Transportation had also doled out multiple citations to the limo company, the Times-Union reported.
According to the analysis, federal transportation safety data and state audits dating back to 2003 indicate the state has also routinely failed to verify that repairs have been made to passenger or other commercial vehicles that were ordered out of service for serious safety violations.