Federal investigators grounded three charter buses during the past week belonging to Atlanta-based Aglemoarge Services, Inc.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revoked its operating authority due to a pattern of serious safety violations.
Investigators found that Aglemoarge Services failed to meet federal safety requirements for vehicle maintenance including regular inspections and repairs. Plus, the company failed to screen its drivers for drug and alcohol use and properly monitor their hours of service behind the wheel.
So CBS Atlanta News went to the bus service which was operating out of a home on Butternut Place in Atlanta. No one answered the door. We managed to locate two of the buses in question at a bus yard in Conley. The federal order states that if the owner of Aglemoarge fails to comply the company could face civil penalties up to $16,000 a day, plus criminal fines or even jail time.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety first uncovered the safety concerns earlier this month and told the company to stop operating in the state.
CBS Atlanta News spoke with the owner of Aglemoarge, Eyian Robotham, over the phone Friday, and he said he wanted to meet with his attorney before responding.
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