Friday, April 5, 2013

Federal government increases oversight of bus transportation companies

United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne S. Ferro met Friday with representatives of the motorcoach industry to discussed heightened safety oversight of that industry's operations. According to the DOT press release, the federal government has shut down 15 commercial motor carriers engaged in bus transport in the past two months over safety concerns. Secretary LaHood noted in the release that "[s]afety is our highest priority and we are committed to keeping those who do not follow our safety rules off the road."

The DOT is also requesting the public's help in identifying unsafe bus companies:
"FMCSA [the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration] urges consumers and whistleblowers to report any unsafe bus company, vehicle or driver to the agency through a toll free hotline 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or FMCSA's consumer complaint web site: http://nccdb.fmcsa.dot.gov/HomePage.asp"

Motorcoah operators have faced increased scrutiny in recent months. At least one Georgia-based operator was recently ordered to cease operations according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Link: Full US Department of Transportation Press Release


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