On April 1, 2016, Mary and Patrick Lyons, proprietors of Lyons Limousine, LLC, were officially ordered to immediately and absolutely cease their intra and interstate operations.
The order, announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), was based on the findings of their investigation that the company did pose imminent hazard to the safety of the general public.
Failure to Meet Minimum Requirements
A mere week before the order was announced, on March 25th to be exact, one of the commercial vehicles of the company became involved in a fatal crash, which left one dead and several others hurt. In the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the limousine driver at that time was only 20 years old, a clear violation of federal regulations given that the minimum age requirement is 21.
This, however, was not the only violation committed by Lyons Limousine. Further investigation found that this is not the first time they hired and sent out an underaged driver in behalf of their business. They also have not been conducting the required pre-employment background checks, as well as was not keeping track of any records of vehicle maintenance. They also did not have any system in place to monitor the hours of service rendered by their drivers, which is crucial in preventing over-fatigue on the road.
All of these regulations were put in place to ensure driver capability and safety, especially since they are driving a commercial passenger vehicle.
As per the requirements of USDOT/FMCSA, all interstate for-hire passenger carriers must make sure to register with them. This is on top of the liability insurance requirement of $1.5 million. Unfortunately, these were requirements that Lyons Limousine had apparently been failing to meet for the past three years.
In the end, FMCA had no other recourse but to compel Lyons Limousine to absolutely cease its operations immediately, due to their use of unqualified and underaged drivers, lack of compliance with federal regulations, and other factors that contribute to them being an imminent hazard to public safety.