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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2011
A bus company that served Baltimore has been shut down by federal transportation officials for being an "imminent hazard" to public safety. Double Happyness Travel Inc., of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., was found in violation of regulations on driver fitness, drug and alcohol testing, unsafe driving and vehicle maintenance by inspectors for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The six inspections covered the period from June 24 to Nov. 18. Double Happyness Travel operated 19 motor coaches that provided low-cost service between New York City and Baltimore, Wilmington, Del., and Albany, N.Y.
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By Peter Hermann and Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2011
Weeks before federal trucking regulators ordered Gunthers Transport LLC off the road for being an "imminent hazard" to the public, the owner's son filed the paperwork to create a new entity: Clock Transport LLC. The new trucking company, which shares the Hanover address of Gunthers Transport, was cited for a safety violation last month. One of its trucks failed an inspection in Ohio, which sidelined the vehicle and driver until the problems were fixed. Maryland State Police said Monday that their troopers have been ordered to pull over and inspect trucks bearing either name.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2011
Federal regulatory officials moved quickly to shut down an Anne Arundel County trucking company that opened at the same address as a freight hauler closed this month by authorities who cited a number of safety violations and seven crashes in the past year. Clock Transport LLC opened weeks before federal authorities shut down Gunthers Transport LLC. Both companies listed the same address on Railroad Avenue in Hanover, and the head of Clock was listed in state and federal documents as the son of the head of Gunthers Transport.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | June 3, 2013
This is typically the busiest month for moving in the year. If you're one of those people who will be on the move soon, make sure you check out the company that will be transporting your belongings. According to Consumer Reports, regulators in Massachusetts and New Jersey sued movers for giving customers low estimates and then hiking the price once goods were on the truck. One mover, according to the magazine, threatened to sell the belongings unless customers paid up. Federal law restricts how much movers can revise initial estimates, but that's only in cases where people are moving across state lines.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
Federal regulators and state police plan a wide-ranging review of the waste-removal company owned by the trucker seriously hurt when a CSX train collided with his truck at a crossing. The company, Alban Waste, had been flagged in the past for safety violations. Because of Tuesday's accident in Rosedale, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and state police plan a top-to-bottom compliance audit. Officials said they would vet the trucking company, its drivers and vehicles for any violations that had gone undetected in previous reviews.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2014
Milton Chaffee, a chief deputy administrator and 12-year employee at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, has been named the agency's new top official. The MVA manages more than 10 million driver and vehicle records, maintains vehicle inspection stations, and controls licensing and registration in the state. James Smith, the state's transportation secretary, made the announcement Monday. He also named Christine Nizer, an 8-year employee with the MVA, as Chaffee's successor as chief deputy administrator.
NEWS
December 28, 2008
Last week, safety advocates petitioned the federal government to reconsider a recent decision to allow truckers to work longer hours. The new regulations deserve more than reconsideration; they ought to be completely dismissed as a regrettable four-year experiment by the Bush administration. Truckers used to be limited to driving no more than 10 hours straight, but in 2004, the industry successfully lobbied to have them expanded on an interim basis to 11 hours. Has the 11th hour made the roads more dangerous?
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
A tour bus company with headquarters in Maryland has been shut down by federal safety officials after an investigation determined its drivers and vehicles pose an imminent hazard to public safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Wednesday ordered Washington DC Party Shuttle, which also does business as Onboard DC Tours, to immediately cease all operations for "egregious" violations that demonstrated "blatant disregard for motor coach passenger safety. " The bus company has offices at National Harbor in Prince George's County and operates primarily as a tour bus service in the Washington metropolitan area, New York City and Las Vegas.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
The owner of an Anne Arundel County trucking company put out of business late last year by federal safety officials has filed for bankruptcy protection again, listing more than $3.3 million in debt. Mark David Gunther Sr., owner of Harmans-based Gunthers Transport LLC, filed under Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Baltimore on May 15. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration called Gunthers Transport an "imminent hazard" to the public when it ordered the company's trucks off the road on Nov. 16. When the company tried to reconstitute itself weeks later as Clock Transport LLC, it, too, was ordered closed.
NEWS
By LAURA BARNHARDT AND NICK SHIELDS and LAURA BARNHARDT AND NICK SHIELDS,SUN REPORTERS | April 15, 2006
Traffic returned to normal yesterday on Interstate 83, as federal and state officials pledged to investigate the cause of a hazardous-waste leak in a truck that closed northbound lanes for 12 hours and disrupted the Thursday evening commute through northern Baltimore County. The truck, owned by Ecoflo Inc. of Greensboro, N.C., was transporting 20 barrels of rocket fuel from a naval facility in Southern Maryland to Pennsylvania. The barrels had been packed with another chemical that was supposed to keep the volatile fuel stable, but one or more containers erupted or leaked inside the truck as it passed the Parkton exit early Thursday afternoon, triggering a shutdown of the highway and a laborious cleanup.
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