In December a Canadian tour bus full of Asian and Asian-American tourists
crashed near Pendleton. Nine passengers were killed and dozens injured.
The weather conditions had been poor, and the driver, who also served
as the tour guide, was allegedly going too fast for the conditions. A
number of passengers have filed lawsuits against Mi Joo Tour & Travel,
the tour company.
The Oregonian reports that the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation
and Infrastructure completed a safety audit of Mi Joo in early January
and found the tour company to be in violation of a number of laws and
rules. As a result, the Ministry has ordered Mi Joo to cease operations
in Canada until the situation is resolved. The company had already been
banned from operating in the United States after the crash.
Among Mi Joo’s numerous violations was the failure to record driver
hours on the road. Canadian law allows commercial drivers to drive no
more than 70 hours in eight days. Mi Joo also did not keep adequate maintenance
records or trip inspection reports.
Mi Joo has responded to the Ministry’s audit and said it would make
corrections and cooperate. The agency hopes to be back on the roads sometime in April.