May 31, 2012
For many Americans, traveling by bus is the most economical and efficient method of travel. However, some buses are unsafe and aren’t inspected closely enough for potential problems to be recognized before an accident happens.
According to Action 6 News, these problems prompted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to shut down 26 passenger transportation operations nationwide, including several in the Philadelphia area.
The article stated that officials served paperwork to companies in six states on Wednesday, ordering that all operations halt immediately. The shutdown is part of an earlier operation that aimed to put two companies out of business that were responsible for crashes caused by unsafe vehicles that left dozens of passengers dead or injured; however, the companies just began doing business under another name to avoid being shut down. Officials say that all the companies who were given stop work orders yesterday were affiliated with these two companies.
Some of the violations that were mentioned included bus operators who didn’t have valid commercial driver licenses and hadn’t been given a proper drug and alcohol screening prior to employment. One of the drivers in question had also had his bus driving privileges revoked 18 times over the last 20 years due to problems with his logbook.