Motorcoach

FMCSA shuts down Oklahoma bus operator

Posted on April 10, 2012

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Heartland Charters & Tours and its principals an imminent hazard to public safety. The Oklahoma-based, interstate passenger bus company was ordered to immediately shut down its operations.

FMCSA placed Heartland Charters & Tours out-of-service after an extensive review of the company's operations found multiple hours-of-service, vehicle maintenance, and controlled substance and alcohol testing violations. Safety investigators discovered that the company did not conduct pre-employment drug screenings of its drivers and failed to use properly qualified drivers, putting the public at risk.

Over the past five years, FMCSA has doubled the number of bus inspections and comprehensive safety reviews of the nation's estimated 4,000 passenger bus companies. Roadside motorcoach inspections have jumped nearly 100%, from 12,991 in 2005 to 25,705 in 2010, while compliance reviews are up 128%, from 457 in 2005 to 1,042 in 2010. By significantly increasing bus safety inspections, FMCSA placed 54 unsafe companies out-of-service in 2011 alone.

As part of FMCSA's ongoing efforts to improve commercial bus safety, the agency recently unveiled SaferBus, a first-of-its-kind app that gives bus riders a quick and free way to review a bus company's safety record before buying a ticket or booking group travel. Designed for the Apple iPhone and iPad, the SaferBus app can be downloaded for free by visiting the Apple iTunes App Store or going to FMCSA's "Look Before You Book" webpage at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/saferbus.

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed here.

More News

Bailey Trailways creates polio awareness with new Van Hool CX45

The disease remains endemic in three countries including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Other countries remain at risk.

Do you know a super motorcoach operation? Nominate them now!

We are looking for operators who stand above and beyond both in their service area as well as the industry.

Checker Bus adds new MCI J4500

The company’s new J4500 joins a diverse fleet of more than 30 vehicles including an entertainer coach, mini-coach, mini-bus/shuttles, limo buses, and more.

Prevost opens new service center in Orlando

Technicians are factory trained to work on Prevost, Nova Bus, and Volvo motorcoaches, as well as other motorcoach brands.

MCI begins delivery of 182 Commuter Coaches to NJ TRANSIT

Altogether, NJ TRANSIT has purchased over 2,000 coaches over three decades from MCI.

See More News

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