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FMCSA requests restraining order against Double Happyness bus company

FMCSA initially declared Double Happyness an “imminent hazard to safety,” revoked its operating authority and ordered its officers to shut down all transportation operations effective Dec. 23, 2011.

The Trucker Staff

1/26/2012

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is not very happy with Double Happyness Travel and the agency has taken the rare step of going to court to keep the company from doing business.

The agency said Thursday it had asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to issue a temporary restraining order against Double Happyness Travel Inc. of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., that prohibits the company from operating in or affecting interstate passenger transportation service.

The FMCSA requested the temporary restraining order based on evidence that Double Happyness was selling bus tickets and conducting bus trips in direct violation of the agency’s previous orders to immediately cease all transportation operations.

FMCSA initially declared Double Happyness an “imminent hazard to safety,” revoked its operating authority and ordered its officers to shut down all transportation operations effective Dec. 23, 2011.

This imminent hazard out-of-service order followed an extensive review of the company, which found multiple violations of OOS, vehicle maintenance, and controlled substance and alcohol testing rules.

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On Jan. 5, FMCSA issued a cease and desist order against Double Happyness after FMCSA investigators and state police discovered the company was still operating and selling tickets in violation of the agency’s previous shutdown order. The temporary restraining order against Double Happyness enforces FMCSA’s earlier orders.

“FMCSA is committed to saving lives. We will continue to use every legal, roadside enforcement tool at our disposal to protect the traveling public and remove unsafe bus companies from our roads,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro.

Before buying a ticket or hiring a bus company for group travel, Ferro encouraged consumers to review the Department of Transportation’s "Think Safety: Every Trip, Every Time" pre-trip safety checklist.

The list helps consumers review a bus company's safety record, safety rating and DOT’s operating authority.

The checklist is available online at FMCSA's Passenger Bus Safety Web site: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/pcs/Index.aspx. FMCSA encourages consumers to report any unsafe bus company, vehicle or driver to the agency through a toll free hotline, (888) DOT-SAFT (888-368-7238) or FMCSA's National Consumer Complaint Database. 

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