Recent bus crashes have gotten a great deal of attention around the country. Two bus crashes in Mississippi and Nevada should have put bus safety back on every politician’s agenda. Three women were killed when a tour bus they were riding in rolled over, while 29 people were injured in an unrelated crash after their bus left the road in Nevada. It’s obvious that the regulators must do a better job when it comes to bus safety. Legislation, known as the Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act, which would require bus owners to provide seat belts, fire extinguishers and other safety enhancements, was introduced after a bus crash in Georgia killed several athletes from an Ohio college. It’s now being considered by the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the ranking member of the committee, says:
Such tragedies are becoming all too common, and many of these deadly accidents are preventable. I urge Congress to make this a priority after the August recess so the roads will be safer for everyone.
The NTSB made 17 recommendations in June 2007, including four key bus safety regulations. However, there has been no response from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on drafting new federal regulations to implement the recommended changes. Sometimes it takes a series of tragic events to get the attention of those who have the power and authority to address safety issues. Hopefully, there won’t be more deaths before action is taken on the federal level.
Source: Houston Chronicle
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