FMCSA orders Ohio tour bus out of service for operating beyond scope

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 5/1/2013

A Toledo bus company has been ordered out of service after federal transportation officials found it had been operating beyond the scope of its registration.

Destiny Tours and its owner, Derrick Jones, have been ordered to cease operations, pending the issuing of appropriate registration by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

FMCSA issued the ruling on April 26, and announced the decision via press release on Wednesday.

According to the release, investigators found that Destiny Tours operated for-hire in interstate commerce on five occasions from May of 2012 to February of 2013. The company was registered as an interstate transporter of passengers – not requiring authority. The five trips included runs from Ohio to Michigan and Washington, DC, and required operating authority.

Transportation Department Secretary Ray LaHood issued the stop order under a new ability granted by the highway bill signed into law last year, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The law now authorizes the secretary to place motor carriers out of service for operating without a registration or beyond the scope of its operation.

The company has 10 days from the issuance of the order to file a request for administrative review.

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