Following a four-month, multi-state investigation, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that it has revoked the operating authority registration of four commercial bus companies for “willfully failing to comply with federal safety regulations.”
Specifically, each of the four passenger carriers was found to have intentionally provided a misleading and/or a false physical address as its principal place of business.
Federal safety regulations prohibit a registered motor carrier from falsely designating its physical address/principal place of business when the motor carrier is not engaged in business operations related to the commercial transportation of persons or property at that location.
The Companies Shutdown:
The bus companies who had their USDOT operating authority registration revoked are:
- Homewood, Alabama-based AKAI LLC, USDOT No. 2444704
- Norcross, Georgia-based Luxury Express Bus Company LLC, USDOT No. 2442687
- Waltham, Massachusetts-based Magnum Coach Lines, LLC, USDOT No. 2489680
- Raleigh, North Carolina-based Hermes Luxury Coach LTD, USDOT No. 2430448
A motor carrier found to be operating without possessing valid USDOT operating authority may be liable for federal civil penalties of up to $25,000 for each violation.
Safety Tips for Passengers:
Travelers planning a bus trip are also encouraged to think safety first before buying a ticket or chartering a bus by using FMCSA’s multilingual passenger carrier safety checklist by clicking here.
The FMCSA’s SaferBus mobile app also gives bus riders a quick and free way to review a bus company’s safety record before buying a ticket or booking group travel. The app, available for iPhone, iPad, and Android phone users, can be downloaded for free by visiting FMCSA’s “Look Before You Book” webpage at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/saferbus.
The agency urges consumers and whistleblowers to report any unsafe bus company, vehicle, or driver to the agency through a toll free hotline 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or FMCSA’s consumer complaint website.