FMCSA labels Boston-based bus company 'imminent hazard'

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 6/7/2013

A Boston passenger bus service has been ordered to immediately cease operations after federal regulators declared its vehicles and drivers pose an imminent hazard to public safety.

Lucky River Transportation Corporation, doing business as Lucky Star, was cited for failing to comply with minimum safety standards, according to a release Thursday, June 7, from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The action is part of FMCSA’s “Operation Quick Strike,” an intensified investigation of high-risk passenger carriers that began last April.

Federal investigators found that Lucky Star’s fleet of 21 motor coaches did not meet minimum safety standards. The company failed to systematically and properly inspect, repair or maintain the vehicles. Investigators also found that the owners of Lucky Star failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with controlled substances and alcohol use and testing regulations. Drivers were employed before receiving negative pre-employment drug and alcohol test results as required by federal law. Drivers were not required by the company to turn in hours-of-service records or other required documentation such as driving itineraries and fuel receipts.

This action represents the 13th out-of-service order issued by FMCSA since the deployment on April 1, 2013, of more than 50 specially trained Operation Quick Strike safety investigators targeting high-risk passenger carriers. In the past seven weeks, FMCSA investigators have issued out-of-service orders to bus companies in the District of Columbia, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina and Utah. Since the beginning of 2013, FMCSA has issued out-of-service orders to a total of 20 bus companies and eight trucking companies. The agency has also declared six commercial driver’s license holders as imminent hazards, blocking them from operating in interstate commerce.

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed at here.

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