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Public Service commissioner wants probe into bus company

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ATLANTA --- Commissioner Tim Echols is requesting that the Georgia Public Service Commission begin its own investigation into an East Point-based transportation company that the federal government ordered shut down on June 10.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a cease-and-desist order to JCT Motor Coach Inc. after finding the company posed an imminent hazard to public safety.

"The good news in all of this is that the buses are grounded," Echols said. "I have asked the State Patrol to notify me as soon as possible when they issue a cease-and-desist order to a transportation company so we can warn consumers and start out own investigation."

Echols said the State Patrol inspected JCT Motor Coach and found them lacking in 19 problem areas. "This inspection was done at federal request according to the State Patrol," Echols said. "Now I want the PSC to investigate and determine if a permanent revocation of their operating authority needs to happen."

The company has an interim certificate of authority to operate within Georgia. Under current Georgia law, all passenger carrier companies that fall under the commission's authority and operate within the state are required to be registered and have proof of insurance on file with the commission.

For more information on the commission, visit the Web site www.psc.state.ga.us.

Echols is the newest member of the Georgia Public Service Commission, having been elected statewide to a six-year term in November.



Web posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011













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