South Florida Tour Bus Safety in Focus as Travel Season Begins

There have been more than 50 bus companies and close to 350 vehicles that were recently put out of business and taken off of our road, thanks to Operation Quick Strike conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  This 8-month enforcement period is used by officials to identify and shut down unsafe motorcoach companies across the nation.

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“Through Operation Quick Strike and our regular enforcement efforts, we’re shutting down companies that put passengers at risk and educating the public on safe motorcoach travel,” said Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Our Naples bus accident lawyers understand that there were more than 242 fatal bus accidents in the U.S. in 2011.  There were also another 15,000 injury accidents and another 43,000 property damage-only accidents.  In all, there were 56,000 busing accidents reported throughout the country in 2011.  FMCSA data show that commercial truck and bus crashes have risen steadily since 2009, as have the number of deaths and injuries resulting from those crashes.

In the recent enforcement effort, there were more than 50 trained investigators who were looking for unsafe buses and companies from April through November of this year and were conducting in-depth reviews on 250 of the most dangerous motorcoach companies.  These companies were located through safety data and roadside inspections.

Enforcement Results:

-More than 200 complete compliance investigations were administered.

-About 20 companies were shut down on the spot for various violations that officials found to pose an immediate hazard to the public.

-More than 30 companies received an “Unsatisfactory” rating and were eventually shut down when they did not fix the problems that they were cited for.

-More than 25 companies made the necessary changes to correct their safety violations that were observed by officials and were able to remain open for business.

-Close to 350 vehicles, of the close to 1,500 inspected vehicles, were shut down.

Companies that were unable to keep their buses safe to meet safety standards, those who did not conduct adequate driver alcohol and drugs testing and those who did not follow the hours-of-service standards were shut down.

Since the initial investigations, close to 250 have been targeted for a second-time investigation.

If you’re planning on booking a trip with a commercial busing company this travel season, you’re urged to visit the FMCSA’s Look Before You Book feature.  This will allow you to look over a company’s safety rating and additional resources to keep your trip smooth.

You can also check out the FMCSA’s SaferBus app.  With this app, users can easily access a bus company’s safety performance record, file a complaint and more from a mobile device. The FMCSA has developed the SaferBus mobile application to provide 24/7 access to important safety information that you should verify before you select a U.S. DOT registered bus company to transport you or members of your group. Don’t take a chance. Look before you book!

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident, contact the Hollander Law Form at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.  There is no fee unless we win.