FMCSA Shuts Down Unsafe Buses Carrying Passengers Between New York and Florida
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has worked diligently to ensure New York highways are safe from commercial drivers and their companies that focus on profit over safety. The NY law enforcement, at Cuomo’s order, has run numerous crackdowns on unsafe bus drivers, and in March New York State brought charges against a commercial driving school for fraudulently issuing commercial drivers’ licenses. Now, the U.S. government has gotten involved, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced it has shut down 26 bus operations, declaring them “imminent hazards to public safety.”
According to the press release, this action is “the largest single safety crackdown in the agency’s history.” The bus companies, which carried over 1,800 passengers a day along Interstate-95, from New York to Florida, had been the target of a year-long investigation after a series of deadly bus crashes last spring.
FMCSA shut down three primary companies – Apex Bus, Inc., I-95 Coach, Inc. and New Century Travel, Inc. – that oversaw a broad network of other bus companies. Officials said the shutdown orders apply to one ticket seller, nine active bus companies, 13 companies already ordered out of service that were continuing to operate, and three companies attempting to apply for operating authority. All of the companies are based out of Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
“The egregious acts of these carriers put the unsuspecting public at risk, and they must be removed from our highways immediately,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “With the help of multiple state law enforcement partners, we are putting every unsafe bus and truck company on notice to follow the safety laws or be shut down.”
In addition to the 26 companies, the FMCSA ordered 10 individual bus company owners, managers and employees to cease all passenger transportation operations, which includes selling bus tickets to passengers.
On U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s blog, he offers resources for keeping bus travelers safe. “If you’re considering bus travel, there are many safe companies to choose from. Our free SaferBus smartphone app and the FMCSA website make that choice a little easier by allowing consumers to quickly look up the safety record of a bus company.”
Our Binghamton motor vehicle accident attorneys applaud the government’s efforts in ensuring the safety of bus riders throughout the country. Residents in Binghamton, and throughout the state of New York, often rely on commercial bus transportation, and it’s critical that they are protected when traveling the highways.
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