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FMCSA orders Va. operator to cease operations

Posted on June 13, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered Springfield, Va.-based passenger carrier Advanced Ventures LLC to immediately cease all operations, declaring that its vehicles and drivers pose an imminent hazard to public safety.

Advanced Ventures operates a small fleet of motorcoaches and mini-buses providing charter services throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

As part of FMCSA’s “Operation Quick Strike,” an intensified investigation of high-risk passenger carriers started in April; federal investigators found that Advanced Ventures routinely falsified annual vehicle inspection documents rather than systematically and properly maintaining and repairing its vehicles to meet minimum safety standards.

Onsite inspections of five buses on separate dates in May and June revealed a total 39 safety violations with two of the vehicles declared imminent hazards and immediately placed out-of-service. Violations included failing to inspect and ensure that emergency window exits were operating properly.

Investigators also found that the owners of Advanced Ventures repeatedly allowed drivers to transport passengers before receiving the results of pre-employment drug and alcohol tests as required by federal regulations. The company repeatedly dispatched another driver whose medical certificate had expired and had been falsified. Drivers were not required by the company to turn in hours-of-service records or other required documentation such as driving itineraries and fuel receipts.

The action becomes the 14th out-of-service order issued by FMCSA since the deployment on April 1, 2013, of more than 50 specially trained “Operation Quick Strike” safety investigators targeting high-risk passenger carriers. In the past eight weeks, FMCSA investigators have issued out-of-service orders to bus companies in the District of Columbia, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

Since the beginning of 2013, FMCSA has issued out-of-service orders to a total of 21 bus companies and eight trucking companies. The agency has also declared six commercial driver’s license holders as imminent hazards, blocking them from operating in interstate commerce.

For a copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order, click here

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