FMCSA winds up, again slaps Double Happyness Travel

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 1/6/2012

If they don’t obey the first FMCSA out of service order, by all means, slap away again.

Double Happyness Travel Inc., headquartered in Huntingdon Valley, PA, was ordered to immediately cease all operations last month in a letter by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Refusing to let a letter ruin their holiday business, Double Happyness Travel, however, kept selling tickets, FMCSA said in a news release issued Friday. The company has allegedly continued to advertise its ticket sales online, and provided tickets for sale under its name and through names of other motor carriers.

The company’s refusal to heed FMCSA’s warning has prompted the administration to issue a cease and desist order Friday, effective immediately.

“To date, DOUBLE HAPPYNESS has not complied with the required steps and measures,” the order reads.

FMCSA says last month’s order declared Double Happyness Travel to be “an imminent hazard” to public safety.

FMCSA said its safety investigators found the company failed to comply with hours-of-service, records of duty and driver qualification requirements. The company provided service between New York City and Albany, NY; Baltimore, MD; and Wilmington, DE.

Over the past five years, FMCSA says it has doubled the number of bus inspections and comprehensive safety reviews of the nation’s estimated 4,000 passenger bus companies. Roadside motorcoach inspections have jumped nearly 100 percent, from 12,991 in 2005 to 25,705 in 2010. Compliance reviews are up 128 percent, from 457 in 2005 to 1,042 in 2010.

In addition, FMCSA has initiated a greater number of enforcement cases against unsafe passenger carriers under the current administration: from 36 in 2008 to 44 in 2010.

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