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February 25, 2014

FMCSA orders Atlanta company to cease operations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered Atlanta-based STSC Transportation Services Inc. to immediately cease all passenger transportation operations after finding the company was endangering the traveling public by failing to ensure the safety of its vehicles and drivers.

Although registered in Atlanta, the company operates service between Philadelphia and New York City.

FMCSA safety investigators found STSC Transportation failed to ensure its buses were systematically inspected, repaired and maintained, and that the company had failed to ensure its drivers were properly qualified and licensed. STSC Transportation had been cited for not providing many required and vital safety related records that were not maintained at the company’s registered Atlanta address.

The federal shut-down order includes all interstate and intrastate operations.

Beginning in November 2013, FMCSA investigators found serious and widespread violations of multiple federal safety regulations, including:

  • Lack of management controls to ensure proper inspection, repair and maintenance of vehicles. STSC had repeatedly been cited during inspections on six occasions for continuing to operate buses after being placed out of service for serious safety violations. STSC failed to produce any proof of annual inspection, preventative maintenance and repairs completed for its buses. Three inspections found inoperable emergency exits.
  • Failure to conduct required random tests for alcohol and illegal drug use by drivers.
  • Failure to ensure that its drivers adhered to federal hours-of-service limitations to prevent fatigued driving. STSC Transportation was cited for missing records of duty status, exceeding hours of service limitations and falsifying records of duty status.

To view a copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order, click here.

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