US DOT shuts down bus company because of safety concerns
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has shut down Lucky-Star, a bus services that provides transportation between New York and Boston town after the DOT found numerous violations of safety rules.
According to news reports, Lucky Star failed to maintain minimum safety standards including failing to inspect and repair buses. Two separate inspections found 69 mechanical problems in the aging buses that the company owned and operated.
There were also numerous employee violations such as failing to log hours of duty with little oversight by managers. Drivers also were not required to pass alcohol and drug testing.
The feds have been increasingly scrutinizing low-cost bus operators, also shutting down the Fung Wah Bus Transportation Inc., because of a pattern of safety violations which would "increase the likelihood of serious injury or death."
Many bus accidents can be prevented. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) arm of the DOT has a mission to keep bus travel safe, reducing accidents and injuries involving commercial buses. These rules include:
- Requiring a commercial driver's license with a passenger endorsement, having a valid medical certificate and having a drug and alcohol testing program.
- Limiting the number of hours in a given day and on consecutive days that a bus driver can drive.
- Mandating periodic safety inspections and repairs.
- Requiring vehicle insurance with a minimum of $5M in public liability insurance.
Commercial bus travel is relatively a safe way to travel, in part because commercial bus drivers are held to very high standards. In any bus accident involving injuries, an investigation should be made to insure that the bus driver was properly licensed and trained, had a clean driving record and was in good health and was properly supervised.
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