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FMCSA shutters Santana Busline Inc. for operating without DOT authority, disregard for safety

“We will not allow an interstate bus, van or trucking company to disregard the law and to disregard public safety,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro of the agency's action.

The Trucker News Services

3/13/2013

WASHINGTON Hard on the heels of shuttering several bus companies during the past several weeks, FMCSA ordered another motorcoach company Santana Busline Inc. to “immediately cease unauthorized interstate passenger service” Wednesday.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also declared the Springfield, Mass.-based company to be an imminent public safety hazard “for failing to ensure its drivers and vehicles complied with federal safety regulations.”

FMCSA in a news release explained that in October 2012 Santana Busline was denied DOT operating authority for interstate passenger service because of its close affiliation with another company, Santana Xpress Inc., which had been placed out-of-service in April 2012 for an unsatisfactory safety rating and failure to pay civil penalties.

Then in January this year state commercial vehicle inspectors found that Santana Busline was operating unmarked 15-passenger vans and when FMCSA looked into it further, concluded that Santana Busline was operating without DOT authority and in “blatant disregard” of federal safety rules.

This included such things as drivers failing to comply with Hours of Service requirements, allowing unqualified drivers to operate its vehicles in an unsafe manner, failure to conduct periodic safety inspections, lack of vehicle repair and maintenance and knowingly dispatching vehicles with safety defects.

“We will not allow an interstate bus, van or trucking company to disregard the law and to disregard public safety,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro of the agency's action.

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