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Indiana considers tougher private-bus safety laws in wake of deadly church bus crash

A new bill that would hold privately owned and operated passenger buses in Indiana to some of the same safety standards as their commercial counterparts moved to the state Senate for consideration. The measure, designed to close a loophole that permits potentially dangerous privately owned buses to operate within the state, was introduced after the July 26 church bus crash in Indianapolis that killed three people and an unborn child and injured more than two dozen others. Senate Bill 238, which unanimously passed a Senate transportation committee vote last week, would require privately owned buses to submit proof of vehicle ... Read More

Fatal Oregon bus crash triggers multiple personal-injury and wrongful-death lawsuits

A number of lawsuits are piling up across the Pacific Northwest in connection with a 2012 tour bus crash in Oregon that killed nine people and injured more than two dozen others. One of the complaints, filed in Umatilla County, Ore., by a Vancouver, British Columbia attorney, seeks $700 million in damages from the tour operator and several other defendants. Days after the crash, U.S. authorities deemed Vancouver, B.C.-based Mi Joo Tour & Travel an “imminent hazard to public safety” and banned it from operating in the U.S. The bus company caters to Americans and Canadians of Korean descent and ... Read More

California bus crash injures 15, carrier has poor safety record

Fifteen people were injured Monday night when a tour bus traveling from California to Washington state crashed into the back of a truck on a state highway  in Tulare, Calif., about 170 miles north of Los Angeles. The operator of the bus has a known history of safety problems, but was allowed to continue operating, Southern California’s NBC4 News reported. Thirty-six people were aboard the bus, operated by the carrier “Fronteras del Norte,” which carries passengers more than a million miles per year up and down the west coast. Fourteen passengers and the 60-year-old bus driver were hospitalized with injuries, ... Read More

Federal authorities ban 52 unsafe bus companies from U.S. highways in December

Federal transportation authorities banned 52 bus companies from operating on U.S. roads in December due to safety concerns as part of an eight-month crackdown dubbed “Operation Quick Strike.” The intensified crackdown also pulled 340 unsafe commercial buses from the road, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said. The national crackdown on unsafe buses was spurred by the proliferation of low-cost passenger bus lines and a series of crashes that have killed and injured dozens in recent months. The FMCSA publicized the results of the crackdown just days after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) criticized the agency for failing ... Read More

NTSB safety officials want mandatory collision-avoidance systems in all vehicles

Federal safety officials are pushing the U.S. government to make collision avoidance systems standard equipment in all cars and trucks, saying that the technology exists and is accessible, but it won’t reach its full potential to save hundreds of lives and spare thousands more from crash injuries until it becomes as common as air bags and seat belts. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 35,000 people die on U.S. roads and highways every year. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials say that many of those fatalities could become a thing of the past if all vehicles had crash avoidance ... Read More

Miami charter bus driver faces manslaughter charges for deadly 2012 crash

The driver of a commercial bus that crashed into an overpass at Miami International Airport last December, killing three passengers and injuring dozens more, was arrested Nov. 27 after being charged with three counts of vehicular homicide and reckless driving. The driver, 48-year-old Ramon Ferreiro, maintains his innocence and told investigators that he became confused while transporting 32 passengers to a Jehovah’s Witness assembly in West Palm Beach. Passengers aboard the 1999 Van Hool charter bus, which was owned and operated by Miami Bus Service Corp, told police they warned Mr. Ferreiro he was going the wrong way, but he ... Read More

Critics attack new Hours-of-Service rule in Congressional hearing

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) head Anne Ferro told a House subcommittee that her agency is not open to repealing the new Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations that restrict driving hours and mandate resting periods for commercial truck and bus drivers. “No, absolutely not,” Ms. Ferro said in a Nov. 21 hearing in response to a question about undoing the new HOS requirements. The hearing, which critics named “Wrong Way: The Impact of FMCSA’s Hours of Service Regulation on Small Business,” was organized by members of the House’s Small Business committee who say the new rules deal a blow to small ... Read More

Truck drivers fired for reporting safety concerns to be rehired, compensated

A North Carolina-based trucking company has been ordered to pay more than $1,070,000 in back wages, interest, compensatory and punitive damages to four truck drivers who alleged they were fired in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act’s (STAA) whistleblower protection provisions, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. According to the whistleblower complaint, Gaines Motor Lines Inc. allegedly fired the four drivers after they participated in a safety inspection audit of the company’s facility in Hickory, N.C. The inspection was conducted by the Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the federal agency that regulates the ... Read More

NTSB says spate of deadly crashes suggests FMCSA is performing poorly

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are questioning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) effectiveness in doing its job and are calling for an audit of the federal agency. The NTSB raised red flags over the FMCSA’s performance after investigating four deadly crashes this year that killed 25 people and injured 83 others. The NTSB says its findings of the crashes, which occurred in California, Kentucky, Oregon, and Tennessee, “raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.” The Board said that its investigations of each of the deadly crashes determined that warnings had been in place prior ... Read More

Three commercial truck drivers banned from road following crash investigation

U.S. safety regulators have ordered three long-haul truck drivers from three different states to cease their interstate operations after investigators deemed them to be an imminent hazard to public safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced. The three drivers, from Michigan, Texas, and Illinois, were banned from the road following their involvement in crashes, two of which resulted in the deaths of other motorists and a third that left a police officer seriously injured. On Sept. 13, Michigan-licensed truck driver Tracy Ferrell was operating a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 23 in Pickaway County, Ohio, when he crashed into ... Read More