Long Island City, NY March 5, 2012 -
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the license of N&Y Professional Service Line (N&Y) driving school is being suspended after the owners were charged with fraud. As a result, the 174 people who used N&Y to obtain commercial drivers' licenses must immediately schedule retests to demonstrate their qualifications or face suspension.
The school's owners, Ying Wai Phillip Ng and Pui Kuen Ng, who are married, were charged last week with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with the operation of the driving school. The couple allegedly fraudulently assisted an undercover agent in passing a written commercial drivers' license permit test through the use of an elaborate system using a hidden camera and pager.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has identified the commercial drivers' license holders who were customers of the N&Y driving school. The DMV is notifying them that they must be retested immediately or their licenses will be suspended. Failure to call the DMV by this Friday to schedule a retest will result in an immediate suspension of their commercial drivers' license.
"We vowed last year that New York would not tolerate unsafe buses, dangerous or unqualified drivers, or fraud in obtaining licenses, and that's why this action is being taken," Governor Cuomo said. "Since then, we have added 20 additional Department of Transportation motor carrier investigators to police the motor coach industry and we have intensified inspections of vehicles and drivers at the roadside and in the garages. And, as I directed last spring, our state agencies continue working with law enforcement agencies to help ensure that New Yorkers can have confidence in their public transportation system."
Governor Cuomo noted that from March 2011 through January 2012, the state conducted more than 6,600 inspections, and as a result took 621 buses and 644 drivers off the road pending the correction of license or equipment shortcomings.
In May 2011 and August 2011, investigations conducted by the DMV led to the arrest of a total of nearly 100 commercial drivers' license holders, including bus drivers, for fraudulently obtaining multiple drivers' licenses by using aliases. Those arrests were the result of the DMV's use of facial recognition technology.
Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala said, "Keeping our highways safe is the highest priority of this Department and our partner agencies, including the State Police and the Department of Transportation."
The DMV will continue to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Department of Homeland Security in the investigation of N&Y driving school.