A two-week strike force of passenger bus safety inspections is underway across the country, part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s initiative to remove high-risk buses and drivers from the highways.
In addition to surprise inspections, investigators will also conduct on-site inspections of new bus companies. The inspections will include overall vehicle maintenance, including brakes, tires and exhaust systems. They will also be verifying driver qualifications and compliance with hours-of-service requirements. Violators could be put out of service.
The agency launched a bus “strike force” in April. It included special training for 50 safety inspectors and targeted the 250 highest at-risk carriers. The campaign has resulted in 18 bus companies being ordered out of service, and 10 additional companies had their operating authority revoked.
FMCSA has also launched a SaferBus mobile app to give bus riders a quick way to review a bus company’s safety record before buying a ticket or booking group travel. The SaferBus app – available for iPhone, iPad and Android phone users – can be downloaded for free by visiting FMCSA’s “Look Before You Book” webpage.
FMCSA urges consumers and whistleblowers to report any unsafe bus company, vehicle or driver to the agency through a toll free hotline at 888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or FMCSA’s consumer complaint website.
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