Limo Service Faces Fines, Sanctions

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MOOSIC -- One of our area's largest limousine companies is in trouble. State regulators are taking steps to pull Nasser Limousine's license, and hit the business in Moosic with record fines.

Records from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission show enforcement agents cited Nasser limousine seven times in the last nine months for safety and inspection violations.

A PUC spokesperson says the company has continued to break the rules for the last three years, so the agency had to send a message.

Some of the limos in the Nasser Limousine fleet were brought out Thursday afternoon from the garage to the lot in Moosic. How much longer the company continues operating could be decided by a judge.

With violations piling up, the PUC proposes to revoke Nasser's limousine license, and fine it more than $100,000 and add another $1,000 for every day Nasser fails to pay a fine due May 5.

"It is important to send a message to someone who is continuously noncompliant, because PUC regulations are there for a reason. They're there to ensure safe and reliable service," said Puc deputy press secretary Robin Tilley.

PUC enforcement agents have cited Nasser Limousine more than a dozen times in the last five years.

Violations include not getting the proper licenses to drive limos long distances for proms, weddings, and other events.

Twice this spring, agents accused the company of using limos that were too old under state law to be in service.

We went to Nasser to get a comment, and we called the limo agency owner twice. Nasser did not take our phone calls but his lawyer told us any comment would be inappropriate during the investigation.

Carl Gross, who runs Luxury Limousine in Pittston says Nasser is undercutting him and other companies charging lower rates by using older limos that by law should not be on the road.

"We're turning our cars over four or five years, so we're buying new vehicles. Someone who's not doing that, obviously their cars are paid off and they don't have those expenses," said Gross.

The lawyer representing Nasser limo emailed Newswatch 16 saying the company is, "fully cooperating with the investigation and is confident the matter will be resolved."

Nasser has 20 days to respond to the PUC, in its effort to keep its license and challenge the fines.

14 comments

  • NotaCityDweller

    Considering the regulations applied to the Limousine service, I wonder if there similar regulations applied to the cars and vans that are used to drive students around?

  • WJW

    Unless you know anything about this business, you wouldn’t have a clue about what you are talking about. When these vehicles hit a certain age they must be inspected to make sure they are safe to use. These are not normal vehicles. The frames and bodies are cut and pieces are added to make them longer. Every system on the vehicle is modified, the drive train, brakes, suspension, etc. They are much heavier than a stock vehicle and that doesn’t include the passengers. I won’t get into the politics of Nasser Limo but I know there have been issues in the past. Mr. Nasser has not been shy about criticizing and undercutting his competition and it appears it may have finally caught up with him.

    • Down with the gov

      I seen in the video he had buses, those frames come from factory. So I guess those are ok for a longer term as our school students can be transported in a bus up to 12 years old. Once a Vehicle is over a certain length, they all have longer drive trains.

      As you said, these vehicles are heavily modified, frames are cut apart and more pieces are welded in to stretch a limo & once they reached a certain age, the must be inspected to make sure they are safe to use.

      PUC requires a twice a year inspection.

      So are they passing inspection but the PUC is just saying they are to old, I find it hard to believe all professional welds fail after 4-5 years especially how they look in the video. And they looked garage kept & i’m sure they are maintained

      These are built with OEM brackets, connectors, and double-wall, stainless steel chassis & warranty exceeds 150,000 miles, so how many miles are on these vehicles?

      If the frame was bending, rotting, twisting, it should fail, but I don’t think these is really an inspection going on here, its like you said, politics, playing its the to old to be safe card.

  • Down with the gov

    If I had to buy a new vehicle every 4 or 5 years, I’d be walking.

    I guess it won’t be long before the Government inflicts the same rules & penalties on its civilians to “Keep the Economy Afloat”

    he should sign em up for uber.

    Seems like they make alot of absurd hoops to jump through for the little guy, look at the requirements for a hair salon or dry cleaning, but once your an oil tycoon, you can open up a valve anywhere in the ocean & just let it puke out all over for ever & pretend its fixed by making volunteers wipe sludge off the ocean life.

    • BZ22

      Problem is he’s licensed and fully aware of the laws and regulations pertaining to his business and chose not to obey them. Hopefully you get your vehicle licensed, inspected and pay for necessary repairs to safely operate it. Why shouldn’t he?

      • Down with the gov

        can’t argue with, its to old don’t drive it.

        screw an inspection, its the to old to drive law?

        so no matter what, if this limo passes a frame stress test, its to old to drive? Or doesn’t even get an inspection because of its age but can be resold & driven on the road anyway by someone else?

  • NEPA ANTIFA

    “Twice this spring, agents accused the company of using limos that were too old under state law to be in service.”

    Why does such a despotic law exist? A limo being old does not mean it has alot of miles and/or in poor shape.

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