It is imperative that these companies do not compromise on vehicle maintenance and other safety issues to provide their customers a break in the price. Safety should be a top priority.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 26, 2013
Federal officials have shut down Fung-Wah Bus Transportation, a company that operates numerous buses to and from Chinatown areas in different cities including New York City. According to a March 1 statement issued by the federal agency, FMCSA used its authority under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) to take this action.
The statement said that Fung Wah stopped cooperating with FMCSA's safety investigators and blocked access to company safety records. Under MAP-21, FMCSA may revoke the operating permit of a carrier that fails to comply with an administrative subpoena or a letter demanding release of company safety records. FMCSA ordered Fung Wah to immediately provide its entire fleet of 28 motor coaches for thorough and detailed safety inspections, the statement said. Investigators say they are continuing their examination of Fung Wah's operations in order to decide on further actions against the company as a whole in addition to ordering its buses out of service.
According to a Feb. 14 report in The Wall Street Journal, FMCSA launched a crackdown on interstate bus companies suspected to present a "high risk" to the public. This decision was taken after two deadly bus crashes over the last three months – one each in California and Oregon. The article states that FMCSA is training many of its 400 inspectors, auditors and investigators to work with state police on the effort. This month, the agency will conduct a two-month blitz of investigations targeting 150 to 200 interstate operators that have had safety lapses similar to those involved in recent bus crashes.
Bus companies such as Fung Wah that offer cheap fares, some as low as $1, attract a number of customers, said New York bus accident lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "It is imperative that these companies do not compromise on vehicle maintenance and other safety issues to provide their customers a break in the price. Safety should be a top priority."
Bus companies, whether they are public or private carriers, have the utmost duty of care under the law to their passengers, Wilhelm said. "It is absolutely the legal obligation of bus companies to ensure that their passengers are safely transported. That responsibility includes hiring good drivers and maintaining vehicles properly."
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