FMCSA takes action against several commercial bus companies

| Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Four commercial bus companies have been revoked of their operating authority registration for failing to comply with federal regulations, according to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration press release.

Commercial bus companies based in Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts and North Carolina intentionally falsified records that indicated a physical address as the place of business that differed from the actual location of operations. Each company faces penalties up to $25,000 for each violation.

After a four-month long investigation conducted by FMCSA, the following companies had their authority revoked:

  • Homewood, Ala.-based Akai LLC, DOT No. 2444704;
  • Norcross, Ga.-based Luxury Express Bus Company LLC, DOT No. 2442687;
  • Waltham, Mass.-based Magnum Coach Lines, LLC, DOT No. 2489680; and
  • Raleigh, N.C.-based Hermes Luxury Coach LTD, DOT No. 2430448

Two other bus companies were handed penalties for unrelated violations of federal safety regulations. Transtate Travel of Doraville, Ga., turned in unspecified false entries on an authority registration document and operated beyond the scope of the granted authority. FMCSA gave the company a Conditional Safety Rating.

Forever Yours Tours, based in New York City, coerced employees to violate federal regulations and made fraudulent entries on USDOT authority applications. Details of the violations are not known. FMCSA proposed an Unsatisfactory Safety Rating for the motor carrier.

Commercial passenger carriers that receive a proposed Conditional or an Unsatisfactory Safety Rating have a period of 45 days to submit an acceptable corrective action plan outlining in detail the steps it will take to bring the carrier into compliance with FMCSA safety regulations, or to submit a formal Administrative Appeal to the agency, or otherwise contest the proposed Safety Rating.

Commercial bus and truck companies that receive a final Safety Rating of Unsatisfactory are prohibited from operating in interstate and intrastate commerce.

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