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Arizona safety consultant works to put Ameristar back in service

An Arizona safety consultant says once employees of AmeriStar Motorcoaches & Denver Coach complete his safety program Tuesday it will be the first step toward getting the business back in operation. The Gering based company's service has been suspended since December 16th by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for alleged safety violations, including operating with a non-compliant driver.

Owner Kevin Stocker has filed a couple responses in efforts to get federal approval of corrective safety protocol without success. Jim Wagner with Safety by says once the employees go through his program Ameristar will soon be back in service. Wagner says "once I file an affirmative response, it will not fail. This is what I do."

Wagner says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has no blueprint for corrective action, which is why Stocker has had difficulties getting them to approve a safety plan. Wagner says he is guiding Stocker and his employees on driver qualifications, vehicle maintenance records and other orientation, He says they should be back in service within two to three months from when he leaves.

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