Champaign bus company vows to fix safety violations

Champaign bus company vows to fix safety violations

Even though he said the allegations are unjust and blown out of proportion, the owner of a Champaign bus company said the group plans to comply with the request of a federal transportation group.

After an investigation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gave an unsatisfactory safety rating to Lincolnland Express, better known as LEX.

The administration found three violations in an inspection.  It accused LEX of falsely reporting records, having a bus that was not properly inspected, and not repairing vehicle parts in a timely manner.  The group said LEX will have to shut down if the violations aren't corrected by Dec. 7.

LEX's owner, Robert Frazier, said the bus company plans to rewrite its safety management plan to meet the safety administration's requests, and that he does not expect the company to be shut down.

In July, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency investigated the business for alleged improper dumping of waste.  However, the bus company was cleared of any wrongdoing.

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