L.A.-based bus company ordered out of service for safety violations

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 12/27/2013

A Los Angeles passenger bus company has been ordered to cease operations after federal inspectors found numerous safety violations with its vehicles and drivers.

John Andrew Ciego, which does business as “Its Good Promotion,” was found to have improperly allowed at least four other unsafe bus companies, previously shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to continue doing business using vehicles with the registration markings of “Its Good Promotion,” according to an FMCSA news release.

On Dec. 1, 2013, a bus with the markings of “Its Good Promotion” was stopped for an inspection while crossing into the United States at the Otay Mesa, Calif., Port of Entry. The vehicle was found to be the subject of a Nov. 15 FMCSA out-of-service order. Furthermore, inspectors discovered 17 serious safety defects, 14 of which individually required the vehicle to be immediately placed out-of-service as an imminent hazard to the public. It was also revealed that the vehicle had attempted to cross the border earlier the same day in El Paso, Texas, but was refused entry by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents because of the previously issued FMCSA out-of-service order.

On Dec. 2, FMCSA investigators launched an inquiry into the company and found that the company name and USDOT number were being used by multiple motor carriers and commercial motor vehicle owners as a “shell cover name” to transport passengers between the U.S. and Mexico, the release stated. The four motor carriers attempting to appear as Its Good Promotion have been previously ordered out of service for safety violations by the FMCSA.

The investigators’ report states that Its Good Promotion “fails to have even basic safety management controls for minimally safe operations.” Those include failing to ensure that drivers comply with alcohol and controlled substances prohibitions and with drug and alcohol testing, and that all drivers have valid commercial driver’s licenses.

The company also reportedly failed to provide FMCSA safety investigators access to its commercial motor vehicles as required by an earlier federal order. Because of this, in combination with all evidentiary findings of the investigation, “Its Good Promotion,” including all of its vehicles, was declared an imminent hazard and ordered immediately shut down by FMCSA.

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

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