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Following Texas Bus Crash, Feds Race to Close Regulatory Loophole

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Federal officials have stopped approving new bus companies after the Texas bus crash investigation uncovered a regulatory loophole that allows banned bus companies to reopen under new names. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) typically approves 100 new bus company applications every month. But John H. Hill, administrator of the FMCSA, told the Dallas Morning News that until his agency can get a better handle on how many bus companies may have taken advantage of the loophole, no new applications will be granted.

The bus involved in last week’s accident was registered to Iguala Busmex. The Houston-based company is owned by Angel De La Torre. According to the Dallas Morning News, De La Torre De la Torre opened Iguala Busmex three days after federal investigators banned another of De La Torre’s bus companies, Angel Tours from interstate travel after finding safety violations. Apparently, that is perfectly legal under current federal motor carrier regulations. Iguala Busmex had received a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number but had not been approved for operation at the time of the accident.

Friday’s crash claimed the lives of 17 Vietnamese Catholics on their way to a religious festival. Dozens of others were injured. Six of the survivors, including the bus driver, remained in critical condition as of Monday. Initial reports say that the charter bus blew an illegally treaded tire, skidded off the highway and overturned. The bus accident was the nation’s deadliest since 2005.

Following Friday’s tragedy, the FMCSA said that “grossly deficient vehicle maintenance” contributed the accident. The agency ordered Iguala Busmex, and Angel Tours Inc. to cease commercial operations Sunday, after finding that the companies posed an “imminent hazard.” A second order issued to De La Torre, said that his “activities in connection with motor carrier operations pose an ‘imminent hazard’ to the public.”

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