Motorcoach

FMCSA orders Utah coach carrier to cease operations

Posted on May 6, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered Kearns, Utah-based passenger carrier Salt Lake Shuttles LLC to immediately cease all operations, declaring that its drivers and vehicles pose an imminent hazard to public safety.

Salt Lake Shuttles operates a small fleet of buses and primarily provides charter services between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

This is the fifth shutdown of a passenger carrier following the deployment earlier this month of more than 50 specially trained safety investigators targeting high-risk passenger carriers. In the past ten days, FMCSA investigators have shut down bus companies in the District of Columbia, Georgia, Ohio and New York.

Since the beginning of 2013, FMCSA has shut down a total of 12 bus companies and seven trucking companies. The agency has also declared three commercial driver's license holders as imminent hazards, blocking them from operating in interstate commerce.

During an investigation of Salt Lake Shuttles, federal safety investigators uncovered serious regulatory violations demonstrating the bus company's disregard for motorcoach passenger safety.

Investigators found that the company failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with federal hours-of-service regulations. Drivers frequently made round-trip journeys from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas, a distance of approximately 840 miles, without rest, in violation of hours-of-service rules.

The company also failed to ensure that its vehicles were properly and regularly inspected, repaired and maintained.

Investigators found that the company failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with regulations requiring testing for controlled substances and alcohol. Drivers were employed before receiving negative pre-employment drug and alcohol test results as required by federal law.

“FMCSA staff coast to coast are focused on protecting lives by removing unsafe bus and truck companies and unsafe commercial drivers from the road,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Our goal is to stop a preventable bus or truck crash from ever occurring.”

A copy of today's imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed here.

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

More News

ABA, AAA implore leaders to address DC parking crisis

The groups urged planners to add parking near the National Mall for the millions of people who will visit by bus and car over the next several months, kicking off with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

UMA operators hold 418 appointments during 'Capitol Hill Days'

In their meetings, UMA members shared information about their own businesses and rallied for backing of three critical needs: opposition of FMCSA's proposal to raise the Federal financial responsibility limits, support of Rep. Barletta's proposal  to remove CSA scores from public view until the data used to calculate the score can be improved, and support to preserve the current charter service rule.

Trailways taps Outstanding Motorcoach Driver of the Year

David Cooper of Pacific Coachways Trailways in Garden Grove, Calif., was presented by Bob Crescenzo, VP, safety & loss control, at Lancer Insurance, the awards event sponsor.

Chinatown bus passengers attack driver

State police said the driver did not speak or understand English and did not know he was supposed to stop in Richmond, Va. The driver was reportedly dragged out of his chair, while the bus was swerving in and out of lanes for a half mile or so.

ABA names new VP, Government Affairs

Suzanne Te Beau Rohde will succeed ABA's sr. VP, Government Affairs and Policy, Clyde Hart, who is retiring after 14 years.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

Please sign in or register to .    Close