Special Transportation Update:
New Bus Safety Standards Can Save Lives
After last week’s deadly tour bus crash on I-95 in Virginia, I called on U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to take immediate action to prevent similar accidents. The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) enforcement efforts to date have been inconsistent and ineffective. In a letter with Senator Mark Warner and four other senators, I urged Secretary LaHood to promptly halt unsafe bus companies and implement new safety standards to prevent driver fatigue.
Driver fatigue is the root cause of 37 percent of all accidents investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. Preliminary reports indicate that last week’s bus crash in Virginia was caused by two key factors: driver fatigue, and the DOT’s decision to give this unsafe company a last minute reprieve from closure, despite a pattern of safety failures.
Our letter urges the DOT to remove unsafe motorcoach carriers from our roads, ensure driver preparedness, and protect passenger safety. These steps will help save lives.
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