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Federal Crack Down on Unsafe Bus Companies

Dec 16, 2013
Federal safety regulators are cracking down on unsafe bus companies, in the aftermath of several deadly crashes. CNN reported that on December 12th, U.S. DOT officials shut down 52 bus companies and 340 vehicles Thursday as part of as an eight-month effort targeting unsafe motor coach operations, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Called Operation Quick Strike, the action involved companies in 22 states from New York to California and the District of Columbia. The bus companies were put out of business after more than 50 specially trained investigators conducted detailed reviews of safety practices at the 250 most at-risk motor coach companies based on roadside inspection and safety data, DOT explained.

Thursday's announcement came weeks after the National Transportation Safety Board expressed concerns with the thoroughness of FMCSA investigations, Citing four deadly crashes involving operators who were already on the radar of the oversight agency.

"While FMCSA deserves recognition for putting bad operators out of business, They need to crack down before crashes occur, not just after high-visibility events," NTSB Chairwoman Deborah A.P. Hersman said in a statement last month.

We represent a client very seriously injured by a dangerous company ultimately shut down in 2011, but one that had been allowed to operate temporarily--even after receiving an Order to cease operating. Our firm has notified the DOT that we will be filing a federal lawsuit against the agency for permitting a dangerously unsafe bus company to continue to operate.

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