State regulators order Five Star Limousine to cease operations in Washington
State imposes $2,000 penalty for illegally operating without a permit
OLYMPIA, Wash. – State regulators are ordering a Portland, Ore.-based limousine and charter bus company to shut down Washington operations and to pay a fine for illegally operating without a valid permit as required by state law.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) ordered Five Star Limousine Services to cease and desist business operations within the state of Washington. The UTC has levied a $2,000 penalty against the company for operating in the state without possessing the appropriate permit.
Following an investigation, commission transportation staff found that Five Star transported passengers for compensation in Washington without a valid operating permit.
Five Star is the company implicated in the Sept. 29, 2012, death of an 11-year old girl in Portland, Ore. Angie Hernandez of Milwaukie, Ore. fell out of a company bus when an emergency window allegedly popped open as it traveled in downtown Portland last fall. The Portland Police Department investigated the accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates interstate commercial vehicles, ordered Five Star to cease operations in December 2012.
The UTC is the state agency charged with enforcing safety regulations on 173 charter bus, airporters and nonprofit-bus companies operating in Washington. The commission ensures the companies charge proper rates, carry insurance and keep their vehicles safely maintained. The UTC does not regulate interstate carriers.