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Super Shuttle Van Company Under Fire from Federal Regulators

Posted on September 30, 2011 to

William Lightfoot
In August, a SuperShuttle van crashed along Dulles Access Road, killing a passenger inside the van. Police charged the driver with reckless driving. According to a report at wusa9.com, authorities convicted the same driver of reckless driving last December. In addition, SuperShuttle caught the driver speeding 66 times in the past.

SuperShuttle drivers told a local news station that driving while fatigued is common at Supershuttle. Drivers worked 16 and 24-hour shifts, which is a clear violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rules for commercial vehicles. For its part, a SuperShuttle spokesperson said the company thought the federal rules did not apply to SuperShuttle.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) says SuperShuttle vans carry nine or more passengers, and thus, are subject to federal regulations for commercial motor vehicles. The local news station has video footage of several SuperShuttle vans speeding throughout the metro area. In addition, passengers went on record about riding in speeding SuperShuttle vans.

SuperShuttle vans have SmartDrive technology, which allows managers to monitor driver behavior. The technology can detect speeding and sudden stopping, in addition to recording video, audio and other data.

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