The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken away permission for Super Luxury Tours Inc. to operate.
Speaking at a U.S. Senate hearing in Washington earlier Wednesday, New Jersey Democrat Frank Lautenberg said Super Luxury's safety record is in the bottom 1 percent of motor coach companies.
A bus operated by the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., company crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike as it traveled from New York City's Chinatown to Philadelphia on March 14, killing the 50-year-old driver and a passenger and injuring several other passengers.
Evidence suggests the bus was southbound on the turnpike near Interchange 9 in East Brunswick when the vehicle went off the road onto the grassy median before striking a concrete overpass support.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, and authorities have not ruled out the possibility that the driver may have been affected by a medical issue.
The crash occurred just days after a tour bus traveling from an Uncasville, Conn., casino to New York City crashed and killed 15 people.
A bus safety bill has been introduced in the Senate.
Michael Salvo, a Morristown, N.J.-based lawyer for Super Luxury, did not immediately respond to a telephone message left at his office on Wednesday afternoon.