Seattle Charter Bus Company Fined $1,000
Company president cited for five violations for driving without commercial driver’s license
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) has fined a Seattle-based charter bus company $1,000 after an investigation found its president had driven a charter bus five times without a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in violation of state and federal regulations. The company also violated an out-of-service order.
Airport Transporter Association LLC was cited after an investigation determined that company president Aedao Dube drove a commercial motor vehicle five times between Sept. 13 and Oct. 20, 2013, despite his lack of a proper license and having been ordered out-of-service by UTC staff. Once an out-of-service order is issued, a driver is not permitted to drive for a company until the conditions causing the out-of-service order have been corrected.
Federal and state laws require anyone who operates a commercial motor vehicle to have a CDL. Possession of a CDL is a critical safety requirement. To get a CDL, applicants must attend a school for specialized training that goes far beyond the training required for a standard driver’s license. The applicant must pass a written exam and a hands-on skills test before a license is granted.
The company has 15 days to either pay the penalty, request a hearing to contest the violations, or request mitigation of the penalty.
The UTC regulates the rates and services of telecommunications companies, investor-owned electric utilities, natural gas and water companies, garbage-collection haulers, household-goods movers and charter-bus companies, commercial ferries, pipeline companies, and a low-level radioactive waste repository.