By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer
A thorough safety review has led the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to shut down an interstate bus company over a long list of safety, substance testing and maintenance violations.
Atlanta-based Aglemoarge Services was investigated by FMCSA on Dec. 17 after the carrier was above FMCSA BASIC thresholds for unsafe driving and hours-of-service categories. The company also had multiple drivers and vehicles placed out of service during a two-day FMCSA enforcement blitz, including a 50 percent driver out-of-service rate.
“The compliance review uncovered serious violations of the FMCSRs by Aglemoarge Services, demonstrating a continuing and flagrant disregard for regulatory compliance and an organization and safety management structure and philosophy indifferent to motor carrier safety,” the strongly worded out-of-service order reads.
“Aglemoarge Services’ carrier operations are reckless, with almost nonexistent management oversight of its drivers and operations,” the order reads. “The carrier’s operations are conducted out of a small, cluttered home office, and its documents are in total disarray.”
Bus trips were typically planned only two to three hours before departure, leading the company to borrow drivers from other carriers. Because of the short timing, Aglemoarge Services had no way of ensuring drivers had been qualified through FMCSA mandated drug and alcohol testing or were compliant with hours-of-service requirements.
Aglemoarge Services is an interstate charter carrier that typically transports passengers curbside-to-curbside between Atlanta and Chinatown in New York City, FMCSA said.
“Safety is not optional if you want to operate a passenger carrier on our nation’s roadways,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, according to the news release. “We will always take action to protect the safety of the traveling public.”
Safety is FMCSA’s No.1 priority, agency Administrator Anne Ferro said in the release.
“This passenger carrier’s continued and blatant disregard for federal safety standards poses a potentially deadly risk for their drivers, passengers and the motoring public alike,” Ferro said, according to the release.
The state of Georgia ordered Aglemoarge Services to cease intrastate passenger operations Dec. 13.