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    DOT announces passenger bus safety initiatives

    May 11, 2011

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    Washington – New initiatives will take place this spring and summer in an effort to improve passenger bus safety, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced May 5.

    According to a press release, the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plan to:

    • Conduct unannounced motorcoach inspections at popular travel destinations throughout the spring and summer
    • Require more rigorous commercial driver’s license testing standards
    • Seek new rules to strengthen passenger-carrier and driver compliance with federal safety regulation
    • Provide consumers with a pre-trip safety checklist (.pdf file) and resources to review safety records of bus companies before booking trips through a new website 

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