The Georgia Department of Public Safety has shut down the airport bus company that was recently involved in a significant collision at the airport. Readers will recall our post on this incident in which the shuttle bus driver and 16 passengers were injured. As I have found in my practice as an Atlanta bus accident lawyer, there were some factors involving the driver's qualifications and the condition of the vehicle that were not up to safety standards.
The driver was not licensed to drive a commercial vehicle when the bus she was driving while making a u-turn on Loop Road near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, collided with a tractor trailer. The drivers of both vehicles were charged.
The state has ordered that the company involved, MTI Limo, suspend its operations until safety standards can be met. All of MTI's vehicles, both limos and shuttle buses, have been taken off the road. At this point, there will be no transporting of the public until the company complies with all safety requirements and shows that all its drivers are properly licensed and are medically cleared to drive.
After the crash that took place in late May, state investigators got to work with safety inspections and found numerous violations within the MTI vehicle fleet. Their vehicles not only had brakes that did not pass inspections, they also had tires that were not in compliance and were going bald and drivers that were not properly licensed as was the case with the driver in the May crash.
The company says it is ready to correct its violations and safety record. They are quoted as stating that they will work with the state and federal regulators to ensure they are in full compliance.
The timing of the suspension comes on the heels of a major compliance push across the state. Earlier this month, the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) of the Georgia Department of Public Safety teamed up with inspection officers from across the United States, Canada and Mexico for Roadcheck 2013. This is a yearly effort that promotes both the safety and the security on North American highways over a three-day enforcement push.
During the event this year, the focus was on cargo loading which is very important in the safety of large commercial vehicles. When cargo falls off a commercial vehicle or shifts while being driven, there can be grave consequences causing loss of control and instability.
Officers also performed "in-depth safety compliance inspections of passenger carrier vehicles such as limousines, shuttle buses, and motorcoaches as part of their annual "Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan." Every day on Georgia's roads, these inspections are taking place and are on the rise. They help to keep all of us safe on our roads and highways.