The company that owns a “tour” bus that rolled over on Interstate 10, killing six people, has a history of safety violations, no federal record of insurance and could not legally carry passengers in Arizona, according to a report in the daily.
Transportation-safety records and federal regulators confirm the only two buses owned by Tierra Santa Inc. of Van Nuys, Calif., were not licensed to carry passengers across state lines, although they continued to transport people from Mexico across the Southwest to California. They were stopped and cited three times last year by state and federal transportation inspectors in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
And these passengers were just “touring” vacationers?
Federal regulators were unable to say why the buses were allowed to continue operating.
“I cannot comment. It is an ongoing investigation,” said Duane DeBruyne, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spokesman, referring to a probe launched after the crash. “I can say (Tierra Santa) does not possess U.S. Department of Transportation operating authority.”
A Rasmussen Reports national poll conducted last August found that just 19% of Americans say the U.S. Congress should let commercial vehicles from Mexico cross the border and carry their loads on American highways. Sixty-six percent (66%) of U.S. adults oppose lifting the congressional ban on Mexican trucks operating in the United States.
And as far back as three years ago, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Sr. (R-CA) prophetically said, “There are considerable safety and security risks involved with providing Mexican truckers complete and unrestricted access to American roadways. It is important that these issues are thoroughly addressed before Mexican motor carriers are permitted to freely operate beyond established commercial zones along the Southern land border.”