Frustrated by unsafe truck and bus operators that evade U.S. orders to get off the road, U.S. regulators are assuming new powers to punish companies and executives that most flagrantly flout safety rules.
A bus company cited for brake defects and other violations still won U.S. regulators’ top safety rating a month before one of its vehicles careened down a mountain road because the driver couldn’t stop, records show.
Five days after the U.S. closed 26 discount bus companies, the National Transportation Safety Board yesterday showed how much work remains to improve safety in the nation’s fastest-growing passenger transportation mode.
The driver in a New York bus crash that killed 15 people had his driver’s license suspended 18 times and was fired from two previous transportation jobs, according to investigative documents released today.
Outside New York’s Winter Garden Theatre, where “Mamma Mia” is nearing the end of a 13-year Broadway run, unwitting tourists board a bus bearing the name of a company U.S. regulators tried to close two years ago.
U.S. Transportation Department regulations meant to ensure truck drivers get more rest were mostly upheld by a federal appeals court, a defeat for companies that said the rules would add cost without improving highway safety.
U.S. auto-safety regulators proposed standardizing keyless ignitions to allow drivers to turn off cars faster and more easily in incidents of unintended acceleration following Toyota Motor Corp.’s record recalls.