Feds Close Down 52 Bus Companies Including 3 In Texas

LOS ANGELES (December 13, 2013) The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has shut down 52 bus companies including three in Texas in what regulators described as a major nationwide crackdown.

Three made changes and were allowed to resume operations.

Among the violations that inspectors discovered were drivers whose licenses were suspended or who drove more than 800 miles without rest.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Thursday that it started checking out 250 companies with poor safety records in April.

Agency administrator Anne S. Ferro said the companies aren't just low-cost, fly-by-night carriers.

He said some have transported school bands, Boy Scouts or senior citizens.

Ferro says that while most of the nation's approximately 4,000 interstate bus companies are safe, others "put safety by the wayside in order to compete in a very tight market."

The Texas companies that remained closed down Friday were Autobuses Zacatecanos LLC, Hotel Mexicano and Agape Tours Inc.