Federal Regulator Shuts Down Florida Bus Company

by Carmen Dellutri on September 1, 2013

Naples accident attorneyThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently shut down a Florida bus company, characterizing it as an imminent threat to public safety. Since the beginning of 2013, the regulator has issued out-of-service orders to a total of 24 bus companies and nine trucking companies.

According to the FMCSA, McRea Transportation operated a small fleet of motorcoaches and had recently conducted passenger services for a tour provider between Atlanta and New York City. In July, one of its motor coaches broke-down in Northampton County, N.C., along Interstate 85 at 2:30 a.m. State law enforcement officers transported fifty passengers to a Virginia welcome center where they waited approximately 10 hours for a replacement motorcoach to arrive.

A subsequent investigation revealed that McRea Transportation failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with federal hours-of-service requirements and controlled substances and alcohol use testing regulations. It also failed to repair vehicle deficiencies thereby posing an ongoing and imminent hazard to the public. The company has now been ordered to cease all operations.

“There is no place on our highways and roads for bus operators who disregard safety,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Passengers should be able to trust that the company they use will be able to get them to their destination in a safe and timely manner.”

For passengers interested in verifying the safety record of a bus company prior to boarding, the FMCSA recently launched a SaferBus mobile application, which provides 24/7 access to important bus safety information. For instance, the app alerts consumers to illegal interstate bus companies that should not be operating and provides access to up to 24 months of a bus company’s safety performance data.

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