Regulation of Bus Companies Questioned
March 15th, 2011
Just hours after officials called for stricter safety regulations for discount buses departing from Chinatown yesterday, another fatal accident took the lives of two more passengers.
A Super Luxury Tours bus headed for Philadelphia slammed into a guardrail on the New Jersey Turnpike, killing the driver and another passenger. The crash came just three days after a brutal accident in the Bronx, which killed 15 people.
“Saturday morning’s crash was a heartbreaking tragedy and requires us to look closely at the safety regulations in place for the discount tour bus industry,” said Sen. Charles Schumer in a prepared statement yesterday. “While it’s vital we get to the bottom of what caused Saturday’s crash, we must make sure that the regulations that govern the overall safety of this industry are effective and being followed by operators.”
Schumer wants to see the National Transportation Safety Board investigate the entire industry.
According to the release, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver introduced legislation last month that would require these discount bus companies, many of which operate from the curbside in Chinatown, to get permits from the city. They are now regulated exclusively by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. His bill would also designate where they can drop off and pick up passengers.
According to a study from the Department of City Planning, these companies conduct 2,000 trips from Chinatown every week.
We covered the issue last year. For an in-depth look at the controversy, go here.By Courtney Gross on March 15, 2011, 2:07 pm
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