NY governor suspends licenses for eight charter bus companies

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the New York State Department of Transportation will immediately issue a suspension of operating licenses for eight poor performing charter bus operators. The eight companies ordered to cease operations are: Best Trials and Travel Corp; Party Ride; A & W Tours, Inc.; Touch of Class 7 Coach, Inc.; Silver Star Limo Company, LLC; Zoladz Limousine Service; Long Island Limousine Service Corp.; and Big Apple Bus Charter, Inc.

“The frequent, and at times flagrant, violations of state and federal safety regulations by charter bus companies has gone on for too long and put too many lives at risk,” Governor Cuomo said.

The Administration said that this action would pull some 100 buses off New York state roads pending a full DOT review of the companies’ vehicle fleets, drivers’ records, and company finances before the suspensions can be lifted. The reviews will take place at the expense of the suspended companies. Failure to achieve full compliance will result in the permanent revocation of the companies’ right to operate in New York. Some of the failing operators have separate interstate operating licenses issued by the Federal government. NYSDOT is working with the US Department of Transportation to assure that sub-standard operators that lose their New York licenses cannot continue to operate in New York under a federal license.

The Department of Transportation is also adding 20 new inspectors to step up enforcement of bus industry regulations and carrier compliance. The additional staff will perform approximately 11,000 safety performance inspections of high-risk operators and 2,000 safety audits of poor performing motor carriers annually. These enforcement activities are expected to generate $2 million in civil penalties annually.