Motorcoach

Texas operator ordered to stop doing business

Posted on August 12, 2008

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared the bus company involved in the fatal crash in Sherman, Texas last week to be an “imminent hazard” and, therefore, must immediately cease all commercial operations, including all interstate and intrastate transportation of passengers by drivers from all dispatching locations or terminals.

An “Operations Out-of-Service Order” was issued to Angel Tours Inc., Iguala Busmex Inc., and each of its officers and directors by the FMCSA to the owner of the companies Angel De La Torre.

The Imminent Hazard Order finds that the two companies' motor carrier operations pose an 'imminent hazard' to public safety "based upon their present state of unacceptable safety compliance and their failure to adequately establish safety management systems and ensure their vehicles are properly maintained." The FMCSA document also stated that “Angel Tours' continuity of operation through Iguala demonstrates a blatant disregard for previous FMCSA Out-of-Service Orders, which were issued based upon the company's substandard safety record.”

Seventeen of the 55 passengers aboard the Texas motorcoach on August 8 have died, while four more remain in critical condition. Only 19 of the passengers have been released from area hospitals as of Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, the FMCSA's John H. Hill said that all approvals for new bus companies will be frozen "until I get my hands around this."

The National Transportation Safety Board is currently continuing its investigation; however, preliminary reports say the cause of the accident was a blown right front tire, which had been retreaded.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Los Angeles Charter Bus Co. announces expansion into 3 cities

Using advanced API technology to access available buses all over the Los Angeles area, the company has effectively streamlined the booking, tracking, and fleet-management process and has completed thousands of in-state and out-of-state trips.

ABC Companies enhances parts business units, eyes Calif. service center launch

With permitting processes completed and construction underway, ABC targets Q2, 2018, for expected occupancy of its Newark, Calif. facility, with Grand Opening plans to be announced shortly.

IMG releases 2018 Travel Resource Guide

With an easy to use layout and information important in the planning process, such as facility locations, vehicle types and sizes, and the key contacts of the 56 companies that make up the IMG network, the publications is distributed to over 15,000 businesses.

MCI, NFI execs talk new vehicles, service enhancements at UMA EXPO

MCI and parent New Flyer Industries Inc. held a special press event during the UMA 2018 EXPO on Monday, Jan. 8th. to review 2017 and plans for 2018 and beyond.

ABC, Van Hool developing electric coaches with Proterra battery tech.

The new Van Hool CX45E and CX35E models utilize the CX platform and will feature Proterra® E2 battery technology along with a fully-electric drivetrain.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close