${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}
Call us now
to evaluate your case 866-438-2419

Lawmakers Push for Safer Buses

After two fatal bus accidents this spring involving commercial tour buses, lawmakers and regulators are taking action to improve the safety of buses.

In early March, a World Wide Travels tour bus crashed in New York killing nearly half of its passengers. Although the cause of the accident is still under investigation, some reports indicate the driver fell asleep behind the wheel. Just days after the New York accident, a Super Luxury Tours bus crashed in New Jersey. Both carriers had previously been cited for numerous violations.

Public outcry regarding the incidents prompted Congress to convene hearings on the issue of bus safety. Lawmakers ultimately criticized the Department of Transportation for its lack of progress on bus safety reform.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a forum earlier this month as part of the federal agency's response to Congressional concerns about progress in this area. During the two-day event, safety stakeholders discussed various topics, including driver safety, crash mitigation, carrier oversight and crash avoidance technologies. In addition to other proposed reforms, the NTSB recommended technological safety improvements including adaptive cruise control, warning systems and electronic stability controls.

The federal government has proposed stricter regulations for tour bus companies and similar carriers. Tighter commercial driver's license requirements, bus safety audits, improved enforcement powers and stiffer penalties are all potential changes. Still pending approval is another regulation requiring seat belts for new buses.

Hopefully increased regulation will prevent similar bus accidents from happening in the future and result in safer roads for all motorists.

Source: LaHood outlines new bus safety measures

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Learn How We Can Help

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

SpringField Law Office
2730 South MacArthur Boulevard
Springfield, Illinois 62704

Phone: 217-253-7742
Map & Directions

Champaign Law Office
314 South Neil Street, Suite 101
Champaign, Illinois 61820

Phone: 217-356-1570
Map & Directions

Bloomington Law Office
237 East Front Street
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

Phone: 309-829-5700
Map & Directions

Quincy Law Office
2632 Broadway Street
Quincy, Illinois 62301

Phone: 217-222-5504
Map & Directions

Rushville Law Office
129 South Congress Street
Rushville, Illinois 62681

Phone: 217-322-4346
Map & Directions

Macomb Law Office
118 North Lafayette Street
Macomb, Illinois 61455

Phone: 309-836-1002
Map & Directions

Pekin Law Office
427 1/2 Court Street
Pekin, Illinois 61554

Phone: 309-353-9828
Map & Directions

Decatur Law Office
335 East Wood Street, Suite A
Decatur, Illinois 62523

Phone: 217-429-3509
Map & Directions