Motorcoach

FMCSA declares Canadian drivers to be imminent hazard

Posted on January 18, 2013

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) declared two Canadian bus drivers employed by Mi Joo Tour & Travel of Coquitlam, B.C., to be imminent hazards to public safety, immediately prohibiting them from operating a commercial vehicle within the U.S.

FMCSA launched an investigation of Mi Joo Tour & Travel following the Dec. 30, 2012, crash of a company bus in eastern Oregon. Nine passengers were killed and 39 others were injured. On Jan. 8, 2013, FMCSA ordered Mi Joo Tour & Travel Ltd., to cease U.S. operations and revoked the company’s authority to provide passenger service within the U.S.

In the continuing FMCSA investigation, the driver of the bus that crashed, Haeng Kyu (James) Hwang, was found to have been driving well beyond the 70-hour maximum hours of service within a seven-day period as permitted under federal regulations. Driver Choong Yurl Choi, who was operating a second Mi Joo bus as part of the same tour excursion trip, likewise was found to have been driving well beyond the 70-hour limit.

“Interstate bus and truck companies and their drivers should have no doubt that we will vigorously enforce all federal safety regulations to the fullest extent possible by law,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Carriers and drivers who flout the safety rules put the public at risk and will be shut down.”

The investigation also found that on the day of the crash, both bus drivers had engaged in unsafe driving behavior, including operating a commercial passenger vehicle at speeds too fast for existing road conditions. Each driver holds a commercial driver’s license issued by the province of B.C., Canada.

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

More News

Man jumps out of Greyound bus, dies

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 36-year-old man opened a window on the left side of the bus and jumped for unknown reasons. He was then taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

BusRates.Com launches enhanced website

With improved access across a variety of devices, including tablets, smartphones and personal computers, travel planners can contact companies directly through BusRates.com, skip the middleman, avoid price markups typically found with travel brokers and agents and get the information straight from the source.

Rally Bus to offer travel for Pope Francis' Philadelphia visit

The Papal visit to the city in September culminates in the Pope’s celebration of Sunday mass for an estimated two million visitors on Ben Franklin Parkway, one of the largest public gatherings that Philadelphia has ever had.

MCI delivers J4500s to Fla., N.J.

The MCI J4500, designed with the assistance of BMW Design Works USA, is the top-selling coach in the industry, according to the company.

Man pleads guilty in 2014 Greyhound bus driver attack

Maquel Morris was arrested in January 2014 after authorities said he got out of his seat and attacked the driver of the Dallas-bound bus and tried to roll the vehicle near Tonopah, about 50 miles from Phoenix.

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 resource for managers of class 1-7 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