DMV News Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, December 16, 2011
Limo Safety Encouraged During Holiday Season
Find Credible, Secure Transportation through DMV's Website
RICHMOND - 'Tis the season for holiday "tacky" light tours, parties, and special nights out. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) encourages anyone planning to hire a limo for a special occasion to research the company before booking the transportation. A list of registered and insured limousine companies operating in Virginia is available on DMV's website.
"In Virginia, a limousine service must be properly licensed, insured and should meet certain safety criteria," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. "To keep your celebration fun and safe, you can use our online resource to help you find a passenger carrier that has demonstrated its fitness to operate."
DMV offers several tips for consumers before they secure a limousine to make sure they are getting the specific vehicle they want. For example, ask to see the actual limousine that you will be renting, and ask for a test ride. Also, make a checklist of the following:
- The limousine is clean, and will comfortably and safely hold everyone in your party
- The vehicle is equipped with working seat belts for all passengers
- The Virginia vehicle inspection sticker and license plate decals are current
- Ask about the company's insurance coverage, vehicle maintenance and driver screening programs
When renting a limousine, inquire in advance if there will be any additional charges for gratuities, vehicle cleaning, mileage and fuel costs. Do not sign a contract or make payment for a limousine until you have read the contract. It should give you exclusive use of the limousine during the entire contract period.
To file a complaint about a limo service, you may contact the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services consumer protection hotline at (804) 786-2042, the Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia at (804) 648-0016, or the Department of Motor Vehicles at (804) 249-5140.