26 Bus Companies Shut Down for Safety Violations
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently shut down 26 bus operations, including Apex Bus Inc, I-95 Coach Inc., and New Century Travel Inc., because they were an imminent hazard to public safety.
FMCSA Will Employ “Aggressive Enforcement Actions”
Ten individual companies were told to shut down all operations and thirteen of these companies had already been ordered out of service but continued to operate. These companies transported around 1,800 people a day from New York to Florida.
According to the news release, the crackdown on bus company compliance began after a string of deadly crashes occurred last spring on I-95 and will continue with the FMCSA getting greater authority to pursue action against unsafe companies.
“These aggressive enforcement actions against unsafe bus companies send a clear signal: If you put passengers’ safety at risk, we will shut you down,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Bus Companies Committed Various Violations
- A pattern of using drivers without valid a commercial driver’s license
- Failure to have the proper alcohol and drug testing policies
- Some drivers had serious hours-of-service and bad qualifications
- Vehicles that had not been properly inspected
Actions Taken by the FMCSA
- Revoking the bus carriers’ operating authority
- Linking active companies to companies previously shut down
- Working with law enforcement to make sure that the companies stay shut down
- Doubling the number of bus inspections from 2005 to 2011
- In January, banning commercial drivers from texting while in operation and in November 2011, prohibiting drivers from operating a cellular phone while in operation
Consumers should call the FMCSA toll-free hotline at 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or visit the FMCSA online complaint database to report any unsafe bus activity.
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