Records for limo company involved in fatal fire investigated

This frame grab taken from video provided by Roxana and Carlos Guzman shows a Limo on fire Saturday, May 4, 2013, on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in San Francisco. Five dead female bodies were found pressed up against the partition behind the driver, where they apparently tried to escape the smoke and fire that kept them from the rear exits of the extended passenger compartment. (AP Photo/Roxana and Carlos Guzman)

May 8, 2013 8:42:51 PM PDT
ABC7 News Wednesday obtained all of the files that the California Public Utilities Commission has on Limo Stop, the company that owned the limousine involved in the fatal fire on the San Mateo Bridge over the weekend.

The owner, Kultar Singh, runs the company, but he also does business as One San Jose Limo and Oakland Limo.

The files show that all of his limousines have seating capacities of nine or less, but his website has pictures of several larger limos and party buses.

The limo that caught on fire had nine passengers -- one more than that particular vehicle was allowed to carry. That appears to be a violation of CPUC regulations.

The files also show that the CPUC has had numerous enforcement actions against Limo Stop. The company has been suspended three times since 2006 when it started its business -- first in 2007, again in 2008, and then two years ago. All had to do with Limo Stop's failure to keep up with its liability insurance, as well as failing to pay for workers comp insurance.

The CPUC warned the company four times with notices of impending suspensions.

The files show that Limo Stop was re-instated after each suspension.

The CPUC could still fine the company for having one too many passengers in that limousine that caught on fire last weekend.

In the first quarter of this year already, the CPUC has fined 19 companies statewide a total of $31,500 for violations. The agency also issued suspension notices against 43 companies statewide in that same period.