In response to a fatal Super Shuttle accident last month from the Dulles Airport, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently reviewing circumstances leading to the airport shuttle crash in which one passenger died and was ejected from the SuperShuttle van.
According to a Nine News Now Investigation, several SuperShuttle driver’s stated that they work 16 and 24 hour shifts. These long hours are in excess of the hours-of-service rules which are mandated by the FMCSA for operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
According to the FMCSA website, in general a commercial motor vehicle includes a vehicle involved in interstate commerce which transport nine or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation.
SuperShuttle has 144 10-passenger vans in the Washington D.C. area.
The companies including Washington Shuttle and Shuttle Express which operate the SuperShuttle blue vans are located within an enterprise or commercial zone. The SuperShuttle vans do not have DOT Numbers and it is not clear if they are exempt from the hours-of-service rules which are required by the FMCSA.
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