Agency orders Mexican bus company to stop operating in U.S.

Marking the 20th Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration-ordered shutdown this year, Autobuses Zacatecanos has been ordered by the agency to cease its operations in the US. and revoked the company’s authority after saying its drivers and vehicles were not fit for U.S. roads.

The bus company operated primarily between Zacatecanos, Mexico, and Los Angeles, Calif.

The shutdown is part of the agency’s “Quick Strike” program it began last month, when 50 specially trained safety investigators were brought on to target high-risk carriers.

Investigators found the company was not ensuring its vehicles were properly inspected or maintained, and on-site inspections revealed “numerous and serious safety violations” on all vehicles inspected, FMCSA says. Moreover, drivers had not bee complying with hours-of-service requirements and were not recording hours properly.

“Our safety investigators and inspectors are working diligently to keep the traveling public safe,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Bus and truck companies that fail to adhere to our safety regulations will not be allowed on our highways and roads.  We demand that safety come first.”

Click here to see the imminent hazard out-of-service order.