2 Arizona-based bus companies shut down for safety reasons - WNEM TV 5

2 Arizona-based bus companies shut down for safety reasons

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A Phoenix-based bus company has been shut down because it was endangering travelers.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Thursday that 52 bus companies and 340 vehicles were removed from the road after Operation Quick Strike, an 8-month effort to shut down unsafe motor coach companies.

Federal inspectors found Autobuses Rayon Inc., which runs buses between Phoenix and Mexico, failed to track the repair and maintenance of buses, did not do required drug and alcohol testing for drivers, didn't ensure drivers had a valid license and did not track driver hours to make sure they didn't get tired behind the wheel.

Investigators found two of the company's drivers under the influence of drugs while on the road. They also found three dozen problems with buses they looked at that should have kept them off the road.

A Lake Havasu-based company, River City Shuttle, was also shut down.

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