Feds Revoke Fung Wah Bus License
It’s the proverbial end of the road for the notorious Chinatown bus company Fung Wah.
One week ago, the Department of Public Utilities in Boston inspected the fleet and discovered a large proportion boasted cracked frames, posing “imminent danger” to paying customers. The company then sidelined its 28 vehicles from service, but nevertheless continued NYC-Boston service via chartered buses. However, the feds ultimately pulled the plug Friday afternoon when Fung Wah reportedly stopped cooperating, and blocked access to its safety records.
The Wall Street Journal revealed over the weekend that the U.S. Department of Transportation acted under recently-passed legislation, which permits the administration to revoke a bus company’s license.
“We will not hesitate to immediately shut down a bus or truck company that ignores safety regulations and puts innocent lives at risk,” said Anne Ferro, administrator of the department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
“Bus companies that jeopardize public safety and refuse to cooperate with our investigators have no place on the road, and now, thanks to our additional authority, we can take them off,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Meanwhile, a peon remains stationed behind the ticket counter to inform people of the discontinued service. Luggage lugging travelers walk away annoyed…