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Heartland Charters & Tours, an Oklahoma City-based tour bus operator, has been shut down for safety violations

The U.S. Transportation Department on Friday placed Heartland Charters & Tours out of service for failing to conduct pre-employment drug screening on its drivers and other safety violations after a review by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
BY JENNIFER PALMER Published: April 10, 2012

An Oklahoma City-based charter bus company has been shut down by the U.S. Transportation Department for failing to drug test potential drivers and other violations.

Heartland Charters & Tours was placed out of service Friday after a review by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found the company did not drug test potential drivers and failed to use properly qualified drivers. The company also didn't maintain vehicle inspection and maintenance requirements, the agency said. Bertha Muzquiz, vice president, and Genaro Muzquiz, president, were named in the order.

When contacted by phone Monday, a man who identified himself as the owners' son, Genaro Muzquiz Jr., said they were taking the order seriously and working to correct the violations. They were aware of the DOT requirements but had gotten behind, Muzquiz said.

According to the order, DOT conducted the compliance check after passengers complained. It also states the company hasn't had any crashes in the past 24 months.

Heartland Charters & Tours, at 3300 NW 38, has been in business for seven years, Muzquiz said.


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