- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The mayor of Seattle is calling for Ride the Ducks tour company vehicles to be sidelined until the company’s unsatisfactory safety rating from Washington state regulators is resolved.

An attorney for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said in a letter to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Thursday the city also requests time for city officials to weigh in on business plans before service resumes.

The request comes after regulators investigating the company due to a deadly crash on a Seattle bridge said they identified 442 violations in an overall review of operations. Ride the Ducks was shut down after one of its amphibious vehicles collided with a bus Sept. 24. The crash killed five North Seattle College international students.

Regulators have said the company should be allowed to resume operating a limited fleet of amphibious vehicles under certain conditions.

A three-member commission will determine at a hearing Monday whether operations can resume.

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