The federal government told a locally-based commuter-bus company Thursday to cease operations.
Double Happyness Inc. of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., is charged with numerous safety violations, including poor vehicle maintenance, sub-par drug and alcohol testing, and others concerning operating hours.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued the directive after the bus company disregarded a previous order to halt service.
After being told in late December that they were “an imminent hazard to safety,” and to stop running their lines, the commuter line was seen advertising online for future service.
Catching the rouge carrier red-handed, the FMCSA doubled down in their pursuit of Double Happyness.
Candice Burns, spokeswoman for the department, highlighted a history of infractions and dangerous service.
Prior to the FMCSA’s investigation, the company operated lines running between New York’s Chinatown and Wilmington, Del. — as well as Baltimore and Albany, N.Y.
A Double Happyness representative could not be reached for comment, and all published Double Happyness phone numbers led to other Chinatown-related bus companies and ticket sellers. All refused comment.
The government has given special attention to cut-rate Chinatown coaches after a slew of deadly accidents last year. One accident killed 15 people in the Bronx. Another in Virginia resulted in four deaths.
Before choosing a carrier, the Department of Transportation recommends reading its safety checklist.