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Dangerous Utah bus company ordered out of service

Written by Steve Gursten Posted April 17th, 2014

Serv-A-Bus is shut down by the FMSCA for the second time in over a year


A Utah-based bus company, Serv-A-Bus LLC, has been declared an imminent hazard to public safety by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The bus company was immediately ordered to cease all operations.

Yet the story of this bus company that was ordered shut down is more troubling than many of the other, also troubling stories of the FMCSA shutting down bad bus and trucking companies.

You see, this bus company was already ordered out of service back in January.
That’s right. The FMCSA had already identified Serv-A-Bus was too dangerous and should stop transporting the general public. The agency issued a January 2013 cease operations order and revoked the company’s operating authority after it received an “unsatisfactory” safety rating by federal investigators.

But that didn’t stop Serv-A-Bus. In fact, in February 2014, Serv-A-Bus was caught by investigators transporting a bus load of high school students to California for a debate competition!

This bus company had the audacity to put the lives of high school teenagers at risk, when it wasn’t even supposed to be operating and putting buses on the road.

During the trip, the bus driver was driving erratically and reportedly made a number of dangerous driving maneuvers. Naturally, chaperones and parents were concerned. They reported the behavior, which triggered an investigation. Following the FMCSA investigation, there were a number of startling revelations.

First, the driver drove far in excess of federal maximum hours of service limits. The bus itself was also in horrible disrepair. Components of the bus, including some mirrors, a bumper, and the luggage compartment doors, were secured to the vehicle by elastic cords.

Not surprisingly, the bus caught fire on its return trip to Utah. Luckily, there were no passengers on board and no one was injured. The diligence of the parents and chaperones got the students off of the bus before tragedy could happen.

This time.

But any bus company that is this poorly maintained is a ticking time bomb.

The FMCSA’s new imminent hazard out-of-service order for Serv-A-Bus and its owner was based upon the company’s widespread disregard of the FMCSRs, and for the safety of passengers. I’m relieved that it was issued before somebody was seriously hurt or killed in a bus wreck.

Related information:

FMSCA to reevaluate bus safety in wake of deadly bus accidents

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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