Pa. bus co. involved in crash ordered to cease operations

Posted on July 5, 2011

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Mr. Ho Charter Service of Bethlehem, Pa., to immediately cease all intrastate and interstate passenger service for multiple drug and alcohol testing violations and for failing to ensure that its drivers comply with hours-of-service regulations.

"Safety is my top priority and any behavior that puts the traveling public at risk will not be tolerated," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We will act immediately to take any carrier out of service that we find to be operating unsafely."

On June 27, 2011, a motorcoach operated by Mr. Ho Charter Service was involved in a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The co-driver was killed and 24 passengers and the driver were injured.

Prior to the crash, on June 7, 2011, FMCSA safety investigators conducted a compliance review on Mr. Ho Charter Service. The FMCSA cited the company for failure to conduct random drug and alcohol tests on its drivers and issued substantial civil penalty fines. By federal regulation, passenger carriers have 45 days to contest such citations.

During this mandatory appeal period, Mr. Ho Charter Service continued to disregard federal regulations. The company hired two new drivers — the two drivers involved in the June 27 fatal crash — without requiring federally mandated pre-employment controlled substances tests on either driver. During the post-crash investigation, FMCSA safety investigators found that these same two drivers had falsified their records.

While the cause of the crash is under investigation by federal and state authorities, the FMCSA has found, as stated in last week's Imminent Hazard Out-of-Service order, that Mr. Ho Charter Service's behavior and actions "demonstrate a continuing disregard for compliance with [federal safety regulations] and a management philosophy indifferent to motor carrier safety."

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

More News

Driver in fatal Calif. motorcoach crash was also owner/operator

It's still too early to definitely say what caused the accident, officials say. There were no signs of braking, such as skid marks, so far, and the tour bus was also determined not to have seatbelts.

Calif. tour bus crash kills 13, injures 31

All the victims were adults, according to the report, with the surviving passengers and the big rig driver only suffering minor injuries.

FMCSA awards grants to train military vets to drive buses, trucks

The current Commercial Motor Vehicle - Operator Safety Training Grant Program awards are projected to go toward training more than 250 people.

FMCSA proposes enhancements to Safety Measurement System's public website

While the Federal Register announcement responds to comments received following the June 29, 2015, notice, no changes will be implemented in the public SMS website display until after completion of the National Academies of Sciences Correlation Study as required by Section 5221 of the FAST Act.

ABA Foundation to double scholarship amounts in 2017

Also announced that all proceeds raised from ABA’s Annual Meeting & Marketplace Live and Silent Auctions will be allocated to the ABAF’s Fund a Future program to fund this scholarship initiative.

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


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