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FMCSA Orders Phoenix-based Bus Company Shut Down for Failing to Ensure Vehicle and Driver Safety, Endangering the Traveling Public

WASHINGTON – Safety investigators for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have ordered Phoenix-based Autobuses Rayon, Inc., USDOT No. 2011920, to immediately cease all passenger transportation operations after finding that the company was endangering the traveling public by failing to ensure the safety of  its vehicles and drivers.  Investigators also found that the carrier improperly allowed at least three other unsafe bus companies, previously shut down by FMCSA, to continue passenger services using vehicles with the registration markings of Autobuses Rayon.  The federal shut-down order includes all interstate and intrastate operations.

PIA - Medical Exemption Program

The mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an Operating Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses (motor carriers). To carry out its safety mandate, FMCSA partners with stakeholders' including Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies; the motor carrier industry; safety groups; and organized labor on efforts to reduce crashes involving motor carriers. Since the first step towards reducing accidents is to understand them, FMCSA collects and maintains motor carrier and commercial driver safety data as well as a national inventory of motor carriers and shippers subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).  

The Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1984 [49 U.S.C. 31136(e)] and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) (49 U.S.C. 31315) allow FMCSA to grant medical exemptions for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers if such exemptions would be in the public interest and would be likely to achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be achieved in the absence of the exemption.   

FMCSA has established the Medical Exemption Program to support the paper-based Federal Vision Exemption Program (FVEP), the paper-based Federal Diabetes Exemption Program (FDEP), and the web-based Med-Ex application managed by the FMCSA Office of Medical Programs. The mission of the FMCSA Office of Medical Programs is to improve the safety of U.S. roadways by disseminating and implementing the medical regulations, guidelines, and policies that ensure CMV drivers engaged in interstate commerce are physically qualified to do so. 

PIA - Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS)-Gateway

The mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an Operating Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses (motor carriers). To carry out its safety mandate, FMCSA partners with stakeholders, including Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies; the motor carrier industry; safety groups; commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers; and organized labor on efforts to reduce crashes involving CMVs. Since the first step towards reducing crashes is to understand them, FMCSA collects and maintains Federal databases for motor carrier and CMV driver safety data as well as a national inventory of motor carriers and shippers subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).   

Section 12007 of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act (CMVSA) of 1986 (Public Law 99-570, 100 Stat. 3207, October 27, 1986) and Title 49 of the U.S. Code, Section 31309, entitled Commercial driver's license information system require DOT to establish an information system which will serve as a clearinghouse and depository of information pertaining to the licensing and identification of operators of commercial motor vehicles and the disqualification of such. To comply with this mandate, FMCSA reviewed the options allowed under CMVSA. The conclusion was to assist the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and the State driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) to design and implement the State operated Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS). 

PIA - FMCSA LAN Segment at Volpe

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has been given the mission of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses (motor carriers). In carrying out its safety mandate, FMCSA:

  •     Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier safety with industry efficiency
  •     Employs safety information systems to focus on higher risk motor carriers in enforcing safety regulations
  •     Targets educational messages to motor carriers, commercial drivers, and the public

To meet these goals, FMCSA partners with stakeholders' including federal, state, and local enforcement agencies; the motor carrier industry; safety groups; and organized labor on efforts to reduce crashes involving motor carriers. Since the first step towards reducing accidents is to understand them, FMCSA collects and maintains commercial vehicle safety data as well as a national inventory of motor carriers and shippers subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (FHMR). FMCSA LAN Segment at Volpe is the infrastructure which facilitates the interoperation of a number of Federal and State information systems under the auspices of FMCSA. 

PIA - Analysis & Information Online (A&I)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has been given the mission of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses (motor carriers). In carrying out its safety mandate, FMCSA:

  • Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier safety with industry efficiency
  • Employs safety information systems to focus on higher risk motor carriers in enforcing safety regulations
  • Targets educational messages to motor carriers, commercial drivers, and the public

The A&I Online assists FMCSA in achieving these agency objectives. A&I Online is a web-based system designed to provide the basis of the statistical analysis that is performed, providing safety history and ratings for commercial motor vehicles, commercial drivers, and carrier safety information. The business processes included in realizing FMCSA's mission are the performance of compliance reviews and inspections on motor carrier operations and inspections of commercial motor vehicles, and other data elements which may result in enforcement actions being taken against a motor carrier for failure to adhere to motor carrier laws and regulations. A&I Online contains the data related to these processes and allows all authorized users access to that data in the performance of their duties. Sources of data for FMCSA's A&I Online are other FMCSA applications or systems including:

  • Motor Carrier Information System (MCMIS)
  • Enforcement Management Information System (EMIS)

PIA - Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP)

The mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an Operating Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses (motor carriers). To carry out its safety mandate, FMCSA partners with stakeholders including Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies; the motor carrier industry; safety groups; and organized labor on efforts to reduce crashes involving motor carriers. Since the first step towards reducing accidents is to understand them, FMCSA collects and maintains motor carrier and commercial driver safety data as well as a national inventory of motor carriers and shippers subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). 

PIA - Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has been given the mission of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses (motor carriers). In carrying out its safety mandate, FMCSA: 

  • Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier safety with industry efficiency 
  • Employs safety information systems to focus on higher risk motor carriers in enforcing safety regulations 
  • Targets educational messages to motor carriers, commercial drivers, and the public

To meet these goals, FMCSA partners with stakeholders including federal, state, and local enforcement agencies; the motor carrier industry; safety groups; and organized labor on efforts to reduce crashes involving motor carriers. Since the first step towards reducing accidents is to understand them, FMCSA collects and maintains commercial vehicle safety data as well as a national inventory of motor carriers and shippers subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (FHMR). Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) is a major application that helps FMCSA manage this data.

PIA - Computing Technologies, Inc. (CoTs) DOT LAN

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has been given the mission of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses (motor carriers). In carrying out its safety mandate, FMCSA:

  • Develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier safety with industry efficiency
  • Employs safety information systems to focus on higher risk motor carriers in enforcing safety regulations
  • Targets educational messages to motor carriers, commercial drivers, and the public

To meet these goals, FMCSA partners with stakeholders including federal, state, and local enforcement agencies; the motor carrier industry; safety groups; and organized labor on efforts to reduce crashes involving motor carriers. Since the first step towards reducing accidents is to understand them, FMCSA collects and maintains commercial vehicle safety data as well as a national inventory of motor carriers and shippers subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (FHMR). The CoTs DOT LAN assists FMCSA in managing this data. CoTs DOT LAN resides at and is maintained by Computing Technologies, Inc. (CoTs), an independent third-party contractor located in Fairfax, Virginia. CoTs DOT LAN is currently in the operations and maintenance phase of the system life cycle. 

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