FMCSA hits Sky Express with cease and desist order
A day after bring shut down, Sky Express has been issued a cease and desist order by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for attempting to operate and sell tickets under a different company name, including 108 Tours and 108 Bus. The agency has issued subpoenas for records of three Internet bus ticketing websites affiliated with Sky Express that were continuing to sell tickets for Sky Express.
“We are relentlessly targeting unsafe and illegal bus companies,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This action sends a strong message that the U.S. Department of Transportation will utilize every legal and enforcement tool available to shut down unsafe bus companies and protect passengers and motorists.”
On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, FMCSA issued an unsatisfactory safety rating and placed North Carolina-based bus company Sky Express out-of-service for violating multiple federal safety regulations. Under the out-of-service order, Sky Express is prohibited from operating interstate and intrastate commerce. Sky Express was involved in a fatal crash on I-95 near Fredericksburg, Va., that killed four people on Tuesday.