How The Feds Screwed A Small Bus Company

Martin Romjue
Posted on March 26, 2014
As recently as eight months ago, charter bus operators Jeff and Judy Rogers of Greenville, N.C., were thriving with seven buses and gross annual revenues of about $1 million, including a contract with Amtrak worth $48,000 a month to transport passengers between train stations in North Carolina.

As recently as eight months ago, charter bus operators Jeff and Judy Rogers of Greenville, N.C., were thriving with seven buses and gross annual revenues of about $1 million, including a contract with Amtrak worth $48,000 a month to transport passengers between train stations in North Carolina.

As recently as eight months ago, charter bus operators Jeff and Judy Rogers of Greenville, N.C., were thriving with seven buses and gross annual revenues of about $1 million, including a contract with Amtrak worth $48,000 a month to transport passengers between train stations in North Carolina.
As recently as eight months ago, charter bus operators Jeff and Judy Rogers of Greenville, N.C., were thriving with seven buses and gross annual revenues of about $1 million, including a contract with Amtrak worth $48,000 a month to transport passengers between train stations in North Carolina.

Reason Magazine, a political publication dedicated to "free minds/free markets," has a harrowing tale of how a small North Carolina family charter bus business was nagged and nibbled into bankruptcy by overzealous bureaucrats from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. I know of some limo operators who've suffered serious setbacks from regulatory confusion and overkill, although not to this extent.

This account is a sobering warning to all limo and charter bus operators about how even when you comply and cooperate, there is no guarantee that the hyper-regulators will cut you any slack or be reasonable. This story also should remind operators why joining and participating in industry trade groups and associations is still the most effective way to counter these travesties, despite tough odds in changing the system.

Related Topics: audits, bankruptcy, bus regulations, charter and tour operators, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, federal regulations, North Carolina operators, regulatory enforcement

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