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FMCSA shuts down a dangerous limousine company for multiple violations

Written by Steve Gursten Posted September 6th, 2013

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says Lynette’s Limousine Service posed an imminent threat to safety

Lynettes Limousine service shut down

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently shut down a limousine company called Lynette’s Limousine Service that had violated several federal safety laws and put the public in danger.

The statutory provision under 49 U.S.C. § 521(b)(5)(A) gives the FMCSA the power to immediately order any commercial transport company that it deems to pose an imminent safety hazard out of operation, like it recently did for this dangerous bus company called Rimrock.

This law is a powerful tool in the war against unsafe transport companies, and bad commercial drivers.  It has often been used to shut down companies who advocate the “profit at all costs” model; those companies that put everyone else at risk to increase revenue.

The FMCSA report exposed some startling revelations on Lynette’s Limousine Service. First, the service failed to inspect, repair or even to maintain its vehicles. This alone is a blatant violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), which require regular maintenance of commercial vehicles, and to keep detailed records of said maintenance.

But Lynette’s Limousine Service did not stop there.

In addition to failing to maintain its fleet of limousines, of the limousines that the company did bother to inspect, it continued using vehicles that had failed safety inspections. Lynette’s employed unqualified drivers, failed to have measures in place to ensure driver compliance with FMCSR drug and alcohol regulations, and had no testing measures in place. As if all of this were not bad enough, the company also ignored hours of service regulations imposed on commercial drivers.

This story is shocking, but sadly not surprising for myself and the other Truck Accident Roundtable attorneys who have litigated similar cases against limo companies with horrible safety records. Companies such as this one are the same companies who cause the majority of the truck accidents, bus accidents and other commercial vehicle accidents that kill and seriously  injure so many innocent people.

Luckily, the FMCSA was able to shut down this company before somebody was hurt or killed.

The FMCSA reiterated its dedication to keeping the highways of America safe:

“Passengers on limousines, vans and buses, as well as every traveler on the road with them, deserve to reach their destination safely. Companies that disregard basic rules and jeopardize safety will not be allowed to operate,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.

Following the shut down order, Lynette’s responded on its Facebook page vowing to come back.  Hopefully, this company, and other dangerous companies out there like it, get the message: It’s not okay to cut corners on safety and risk other peoples’ lives for profit.

Lynette’s will do well to remember that if, and when, the FMCSA allows them to continue operations.

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About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.
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