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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Records Indicate Bus Company in California Accident Cited Repeatedly

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More information is emerging about the mysterious bus company that allegedly operated the bus involved in the deadly accident in San Bernardino County.

More information is emerging about the mysterious bus company that allegedly operated the bus involved in the deadly accident in San Bernardino County.  It now appears that the company, National City-based Scapadas Magicas has a dubious safety history.

Officials were able to identify that the bus was being operated by the company, because of a Department of Transportation identification number that linked it to the National City-based company.  According to the Los Angeles Times, this is a small company that has 3 drivers, and a checkered safety history, with numerous safety violations.

The company, according to the Los Angeles Times, has been cited several times over the past couple of years for safety violations, including problems with brakes and tires.  According to federal authorities, as many as 75% of motor coach carriers in the same class have a much better safety record.  That means that this bus company is at the bottom of the heap as far as safety is concerned.

In fact, the bus carrier’s safety record is so bad that the Department of Transportation had placed the company on a high-priority watch list, which included buses of this company at the top of the list for inspections and interventions.

That the bus company has such a long history of serious safety violations is not really surprising to California bus accident lawyers.  It has been strange to see that the company has not come out with a statement on this accident, or to express any kind of concern for the victims and their families.  It is already more than 24 hours since the accident, and the lack of a formal response does not speak well for the kind of safety culture that exists at this company.

In the days ahead, the experienced bus accident attorneys at our firm will be monitoring new developments in the investigation and the release of more information about the safety record of the company.

 

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