San Francisco School Pupil Activity Bus Rentals
After a recent series of high-profile motor coach accidents, mostly involving unlicensed operators in the New York area, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has revamped its system for reporting safety complaints. The FMCSA has redesigned their National Consumer Complaint Database to make it easier for people to file safety complaints about motor coach companies and drivers. The database now features a more user-friendly interface that allows concerned citizens to provide more detailed complaints about unsafe drivers and operators. Part of the revamped site is a new smartphone application called SaferBus, which provides fast and easy access for anyone with a web-enabled phone.
A high school track team in Gaithersburg, Maryland, that was heading to a track meet was left standing in the school’s parking lot recently while waiting for a bus charter that never arrived. The Firebirds Club track team claims they hired a charter bus through a company called Charter Bus-R-Us that charged them $9,000 to take them to two track meets at Duke University. The trip to the first meet went without a hitch, and the athletes, coaches and their parents eagerly looked forward to the next charter. However, when the 90 kids, coaches and parents needed transportation to the next meet, they were left standing in the school parking lot with no way to get to the competition. After trying to call Charter Bus-R-Us and not getting any response, they found another bus charter company at the last minute that transported everyone to the meet and back again, but it cost organizers another $8,400.
Sadly, the Firebirds track team was not the only group to be left stranded by Charter Bus-R-Us. Last January, some college students in Florida paid Charter Bus-R-Us $18,000 to take them to a "Right to Life" march in Washington, D.C. The bus company cashed their check but didn’t show up to transport their group, and the group was understandably very upset.
One of the marchers stranded that day is Jennifer Davidson. She echoed the sentiments of many of her friends and colleagues when she said, "I was completely shocked. I couldn’t believe someone would take advantage of us and take our money like that."
Unfortunately, a bit of online investigation could have prevented both groups from being stranded by this unscrupulous bus company. Charter Bus-R-Us has an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau, in addition to complaints filed in Maryland, Virginia and now, we assume, Florida.
We blog about unethical California limousine services quite a bit to raise awareness about the problem and protect people from being victimized by these illegal operators. Sadly, it seems that there are unethical bus charter companies as well, but the vast majority of operators are ethical businesspeople. We ought to know, as we also provide bus charter services in the Bay Area. We make sure that our coach buses are properly licensed, insured and maintained so that each guest can enjoy a safe, comfortable and affordable time on board. The next time you need a San Francisco charter bus to transport a group of people, please give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936, and we’ll take care of the rest. We will show up on time, every time, and provide comfortable and very affordable results, not excuses.