An Atlanta-based passenger bus service was ordered to immediately cease all operations Feb. 18 after federal inspectors found the company failed to ensure the safety of its vehicles and drivers.
Although the company, STSC Transportation, is registered in Georgia, the company operates a fixed route shuttle service between Philadelphia and New York City, according to a release from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
FMCSA safety investigators found that STSC Transportation “failed to ensure that its buses were systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained, and that the company had failed to ensure that its drivers were properly qualified and licensed”, the release stated.
The federal shut-down order includes all interstate and intrastate operations.
Beginning in November 2013, FMCSA launched an investigation into STSC, because the company had an elevated percentile ranking resulting in alert status in the Vehicle Maintenance and Hours of Service Compliance BASICs.
The investigators found “serious and widespread violations of multiple federal safety regulations,” including:
- Lack of management controls to ensure proper inspection, repair, and maintenance of vehicles. STSC was cited during inspections on six occasions for continuing to operate buses after being placed out of service for serious safety violations. STSC failed to produce any proof of annual inspection, preventative maintenance, and repairs completed for its buses. Three inspections found inoperable emergency exits.
- Failure to conduct required random tests for alcohol and illegal drug use by drivers.
- Failure to ensure that its drivers adhered to federal hours-of-service limitations to prevent fatigued driving. STSC Transportation was cited for missing records of duty status, exceeding hours of service limitations, and falsifying records of duty status.
A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed here.
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