The Owner Illegally Operated the Limo and Attempted to Use it to Transport Paying Customers, New Yorkers are Encouraged to Verify Company and Driver Information Safety Tips Before Renting and Riding in Altered Vehicles
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has recently announced the arrest of Daniel Garhartt, a resident of Averill Park, on charges related to operating a stretched limousine in a for-hire capacity under the guise of personal use and attempting to transport unsuspecting passengers.
Garhartt was apprehended on Friday afternoon outside Albany International Airport following an investigation conducted by DMV's Division of Field Investigation (DFI), in collaboration with the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Albany County Sheriff's Office.
Garhartt, who operates Classic Transportation Service, is now facing two Class E felony charges and a misdemeanor charge for offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, falsifying business records in the first degree, and providing a false written statement.
Additionally, he has been ticketed for driving an uninspected vehicle. The allegations against him involve submitting paperwork for a 2005 Cadillac, falsely claiming that it was not being used for hire and therefore did not require appropriate insurance.
Furthermore, Garhartt advertised the vehicle for transportation services without obtaining the necessary insurance, registration, or safety inspection. In response to the arrest, DMV promptly suspended Garhartt's driver's license and impounded his owned-and-operated vehicle pending a safety hearing. The limousine was removed from the airport under tow.
The collaboration and swift action among these agencies have effectively eliminated this illicit operator from New York's roadways, thereby enhancing safety for all motorists.
This incident coincides with the ongoing "Don't Take a Back Seat to Safety" social media campaign initiated by DMV and DOT. The primary aim of this campaign is to remind individuals planning to hire limousine services, be it for weddings, proms, girls' nights out, winery trips, or any other occasion, to exercise due diligence before finalizing any arrangements.
It is important to note that the charges against Garhartt are allegations, and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. Furthermore, anyone seeking to rent a limousine is strongly encouraged to visit the Safe Limo New York website, where valuable tips can be found prior to chartering a modified limousine.
The website also provides safety inspection performance data for carriers operating under NYS DOT operating authority.
Full press release here: https://dmv.ny.gov/press-release/press-release-01-02-2024