U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of Public Affairs
Friday, August 22, 2008
Contact: : Melissa Mazzella DeLaney
Tel.: (202) 493-0122 or (202) 236-3248
Autobuses Rio Verde, of Irving, Texas, Ordered to Cease Operations
WASHINGTON - Autobuses Rio Verde, of Irving, Texas, today was ordered to cease operations after determining that the company was affiliated with Green River Bus, LLC, which was ordered to cease operations in April 2008.
"FMCSA takes its motor coach oversight and safety responsibilities seriously and will continue to investigate carriers with questionable relationships to ensure our orders and regulations are followed to the fullest extent possible," said John H. Hill, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator. "There is absolutely no tolerance for operators who attempt to game the system at the risk of endangering the traveling public."
An investigation of Autobuses Rio Verde by FMCSA's Texas Division revealed that the owners and operators were in violation of the April 2008 order by conducting interstate transportation as a substantial continuation of Green River Buses, LCC's former operation.
The investigation revealed that the two companies shared identification of company officials and functions, physical addresses, vehicle ownership, employee identification and operational similarities.
This is the second time FMCSA has ordered an affiliated motor coach carrier to cease operations. Earlier this month, the agency declared that Liberty Charter & Tours was affiliated with Angel Tours, Inc. and Iguala Busmex, Inc. - both of which were put out of service on August 9, 2008 - and ordered the carrier to cease its related operations.
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