FMCSA and B.C. Government Suspend Bus Operator After Tragic Crash
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the government of British Columbia recently suspended the license of a B.C.-based bus rental service after a tragic bus accident in Oregon that killed the driver and nine passengers. During their investigation into the accident, the FMCSA discovered that Mi Joo Tour & Travel failed to take basic measures to protect passengers by making sure that their drivers had sufficient rest for safe vehicle operations. The FMCSA and the B.C. government said that the bus service had a pattern and practice of scheduling and dispatching drivers on trips with little regard to the amount of hours they worked in a given period of time.
On Dec. 30, 2012, Mi Joo Tour & Travel allowed the driver involved in the accident to drive after he had already been on duty for “well beyond the 70-hour maximum of service permitted under federal regulations.” Later that day, that driver’s bus was involved in an accident that killed nine passengers and injured 39 more. The investigation also found that the bus company had failed to provide drivers’ records to the Transportation Ministry of British Columbia as required to ensure that drivers are not behind the wheel for extended and unsafe lengths of time.
This unfortunate incident is another in a series of tragic bus accidents involving driver fatigue and lax enforcement of regulations by bus companies. Most of the accidents have occurred on the eastern seaboard and have involved bus companies from the New York metropolitan area. However, there is a small minority of unethical bus companies that put profits before passenger safety throughout North America. Many states have agencies that regulate passenger carriers. In California, it is the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). They regularly inspect San Francisco bus rental companies like ours and other operators throughout the state to ensure that each vehicle is properly maintained, all vehicles are properly insured and all drivers are properly licensed. They also check company logs to ensure that drivers get the required amount of rest during and after assignments.
If you need a San Francisco coach rental to transport your group to an upcoming special event, we invite you to review our safety record on the CPUC site. We strictly adhere to all state and federal regulations to ensure that our luxury coach rentals are safe and that each of our drivers is properly rested before, during and after each assignment. The next time you need a bus rental in the Bay Area, just give us a call at NLS Limo at 1-800-339-8936 for rates, availability and reservation information.