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Prom Day

March 25, 2015


Your  children are going to college and are all grown up. You’re very proud of their accomplishments and optimistic about their future. One of many milestones that will accompany them throughout life is their PROM NIGHT.  So here you are beaming with joy and teary eyed, watching them turn into the responsible  adults you had hoped and prayed for.  Your daughter is beautiful in her gown, your son, handsome in his tuxedo. You’ve done your very best raising your children and within a blink, they’re off to the prom. WAIT a minute, can we seriously  talk? There are just a few more things we need to discuss about  prom night.  The biggest thing most prom goers are into,  is drinking alcohol before and after their prom reception.  You should know that almost all limousine companies forbid any form of illegal substance in their vehicles. If it is found, your children will loose their limousine for the night.  Zero tolerance has been embraced in all of the high schools throughout the NY area regarding illegal drinking.  The local police, in addition to The New York State Department of Transportation, The Taxi and Limousine Commission of NYC, Westchester and Nassau counties, are all on full alert during prom season.  They are stationed at the prom reception locations, inspecting limousines and party buses as they arrive.  They  search these vehicles for  any illegal substances and  if found the vehicle is confiscated. The driver and the Limousine Proprietor  are given hefty fines.  The authorities  attempt to have the confiscated vehicle replaced with a similar Limousine from a totally different limousine company.  Now, all the work that went into finding that very special limousine just left the room.  There is no guarantee that your children will like their replacement limo (if they’re even lucky enough to get one).  My advice in this matter is to discuss illegal drinking (as I am sure their respective school officials have also done) with your children, well before prom night and hope for the best.  Some children seem to think that drinking during prom night is a right of passage.  The cat and mouse game that is played out on prom night is something, we as limousine operators are fully experienced at. They hide it, we find it, we confiscate it. Some limousine companies have a forfeiture clause in their contract. If alcohol is found in the limousine at any time, the children loose their ride right on the spot and there are no refunds, case closed.  I have to admit sometimes the children do get creative and some alcohol does get past us. We try our best to stop it, as I am sure parents and school officials do as well. We congratulate the prom children, their parents and school officials for making this very special day a safe one.  Let us all work together to have a safe prom night. Five Towns Limousines will do their best to make it so.


Prom Limousine, The Contract Part 3

March 9, 2015

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You’ve settled on a limousine company that your comfortable with. They have exactly the limousine you’ve been looking for. You think the hardest part of your search is over. Your ready to sign the contract, wait just a minute.  Lets put our thinking caps on and discuss this.  Yes, if your 18 years old you can legally sign a binding contract in the state of New York.  However,  owners of limousine companies prefer your parents sign the contract.  If something goes wrong during prom night, like overtime or intentional damage to the vehicle, the signer of the contract is responsible for the cost of the repairs or the cost of overtime. So mom, dad, here we are in the limousine company’s office, ready to sign a contract wherein you will be responsible for 15 to 50 kids that you really don’t know.  We at Five Towns Limousine understand your frustration and the dilemma your in.  How do we get 15 to 50 parents to be equally responsible for this venture so one parent is not fully responsible if something negative should happen. Well, we do have a solution for you, an extra document in addition to the contract, a document that all parents must sign and include their credit card information, indicating that they will share with the responsibility should there be a need, we call it ” The Prom Contract Addendum”.  This document is usually passed to the students and they present the form  to their respective parents to fill out.  In turn the parents fax this form directly to our office where they are held until after the prom and then destroyed if not needed. There is usually a cap on the dollar amount ($195.00) should the need arise.  We highly recommend you use this form when moving forward in securing limousine transportation for your child and their friends. Have the limousine company contact us though our web site (contact us) and we will be happy to furnish them with a copy of  “The Prom Contact Addendum”.  Good luck and congratulations on your child’s milestone.



Which limousine do I pick for my Prom and how? Part 2

February 20, 2015

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There are many types of limousines to choose from.  Which do I choose? Most people want a limo that will exude the fact that you have arrived. Not a bad start. However, your limousine should have all the permits and proper insurance that New York State requires. By asking the limousine company to produce these documents should suffice. Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about the limousine itself.

The limousine should be large enough to accommodate your group and then some. Overcrowding is unsafe and if your limo is stopped by the authorities on prom night, it can be confiscated, and you’ll have to walk for the remainder of the night, (not fun).

Now, let’s get to the “you’ve arrived part”.  Some like the jet door, some like funky color limos, some like the transformer type, and some like party buses.  Whichever you like, discuss the differences with your friends and go for it.   Remember to shop early in the prom year. This will assure that you are getting the pick of the litter. People that procrastinate have little choices towards prom year’s end. Most importantly, visit the limousine company, view the limousine you’ve chosen and document everything you are expecting from the company in the form of a written and signed contract. Eighteen year olds are legal in the state of New York to sign a contract.  Mom, Dad this one is for you, if you are dealing with a limousine company that can accommodate more than 14 passengers in any of their limousines, they are governed by The New York State Department of Transportation,  better known as NYSDOT. Being good parents, and I’m sure you are you’d be interested in the limousine companies safety record.  As your child will be riding in their vehicles. Sounds difficult, not to despair. Go to / go to fmcsa searches / click company snapshot / enter the companies USDOT # or MC # or the company’s name.  The Company Snapshot is a concise electronic record of a company’s identification, size, commodity information, and safety record, including the safety rating (if any), a roadside out-of-service inspection summary, and crash information. The Company Snapshot is available via an ad-hoc query (one carrier at a time) free of charge. Be guided by what you read. Of course a 100% company safety record would be ideal.  If this article was helpful please click the like button and visit us at and follow us. Leave your email on our site to be added to our monthly mailing news letter where we discuss articles of importance and give special consideration to our special enrollees.