Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn has filed criminal charges against the owner of a tour bus company, alleging that the firm operated buses with such safety hazards as bad brakes, defective steering and worn-out tires.
Naser Khorasani, owner of Pacific Tours & Charters, was charged Thursday with 195 violations of the state Vehicle Code, including 73 misdemeanors and 122 infractions, Deputy City Atty. Anita Marcks said.
"One of the buses had leaking brake fluid," Hahn said in a written statement. "Another bus was found with defective steering and brakes. Not only was the parking brake inoperable, but the brake pads were worn out."
California Highway Patrol inspectors ordered 22 Pacific Tour buses out of service because of safety problems discovered during three routine inspections during the last year, Marcks said.