FMCSA Safety Crackdown Closes 26 Bus Operations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down 26 bus operations running passenger service on I-95 between New York City and Florida, the latest in a series of enforcement crackdowns on truck and bus companies.

The agency said the bus companies were an “imminent hazard” due to continuous safety violations, such as using drivers who did not have commercial licenses and who did not clear drug and alcohol tests.

This is the largest single shutdown in the agency’s history, said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

“These aggressive enforcement actions against unsafe bus companies send a clear signal: If you put passengers’ safety at risk, we will shut you down,” he said in a statement.

FMCSA recently has been nearly as aggressive against trucking operations it found in violation of the rules.

Since March, it has ordered a half-dozen freight carriers to stop service:

– UD Service, Indianapolis, for using drivers who did not have a CDL and who were not proficient in English.

– Reliable Transportation Services of Utah for hours of service and other violations.

– JA Transportation of New Jersey for hours violations, as well as driver qualifications and maintenance.

– Judson Mobley Logging, Georgia, for drug and alcohol

About Douglas Mills

Douglas Mills writes for Third party logistics company, Pro Source Inc of Atlanta, GA.