Feds Shut down Bus Company Due to Safety Violations

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has increased its enforcement actions against bus companies that flout safety regulations.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has increased its enforcement actions against bus companies that flout safety regulations.  In fact, bus accident attorneys have been very encouraged to note that the federal agency is now less likely to tolerate noncompliance.  Recently, the federal agency shut down a Montana-based bus company, for frequent bus safety violations that were proving to be a hazard to passengers.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announcement names Rimrock Stages Inc., a passenger carrier that is based in Billings, Montana.  The company was doing business as Rimrock Trailways and Rimrock Stages.

According to the federal agency, it conducted an investigation of the company, and found a number of safety violations, that were potentially dangerous to the safety of passengers.  For instance, the investigation found that the company did not have an adequate safety management program in place to ensure that all of these buses were subject to frequent and systematic inspections.

The company also did not have a program in place to maintain buses, and to keep buses in need of repairs out of the fleet until repairs were conducted.  The inspectors also found that there were no knowledgeable and qualified mechanics to help maintain and repair the buses.  Safety standards were at an absolute minimum, and mechanics frequently dispatched vehicles, that had safety defects.

All of these are serious defects that increase the risk of being involved in an accident.  According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration notice, its inspectors inspected a total of 8 commercially vehicles operated by the company.  Almost all of these vehicles had safety defects.  The federal agency discovered at least 79 violations of federal safety requirements in all of these buses.  These include violations that required the vehicle to be placed out of service.  The entire fleet of 8 buses has been placed out of service by the federal agency.

The company has been ordered to stop all operations immediately, and has been declared a public safety hazard.

 

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