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State transportation safety regulators fine Benton County-based party bus company

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – State transportation safety regulators fined a Benton County-based party bus company last week for operating and advertising without the proper permit.

The Utilities and Transportation Commission issued a $25,000 penalty against A+ Pacific Limousine, Inc., for five violations of advertising and operating as a charter carrier without a permit.

UTC transportation investigators found advertisements for regulated services on the company’s website, Facebook page, and on a third-party website, Investigators were also able to obtain a quote for party bus services from the company on two separate occasions.

In November, the company failed to appear at a hearing before an administrative law judge, who issued the default order imposing the maximum penalty of $25,000.

Party bus companies must have a permit from the UTC and are required to meet minimum insurance standards, pass regular safety inspections on their vehicles, and perform drug and alcohol testing on their drivers.

The UTC regulates the rates and services of charter-bus companies, household goods movers, telecommunications companies, investor-owned electric utilities, natural gas and water companies, garbage-collection haulers, commercial ferries, pipeline companies, and a low-level radioactive waste repository.