Unsafe Buses and Drivers Removed From NY Highways After Stepped-Up Inspection
According to a press release from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office this week, 116 Drivers and 95 NY buses have been taken out of service as part of the state’s two-week crackdown on unsafe bus companies.
Cuomo reported these results as part of a bus safety initiative that was announced in March. During the crackdown that ran September 23 to October 7, the state Department of Transportation conducted 1,185 roadside bus inspections statewide. In the New York City area alone, 48 drivers and 26 buses were taken out of service.
During the announcement, Cuomo said, “The bus industry is a critical element of our transportation system and the many New Yorkers who rely upon it need to know they will reach their destinations safely.”
Since the campaign started, more than 5,000 buses have been inspected in addition to the routine inspections conducted by the Department of Transportation. Thus far, 530 drivers and 460 vehicles have been taken off NY roads.
Reviews of maintenance logs, travel times, driver qualifications and licensing are included in these inspections.
The increased oversight of bus companies was announced in March after 15 of 32 bus passengers were killed when the bus in which they were traveling crashed in the Bronx. Just days later, two more passengers were killed in a bus crash in New Jersey en route from New York to Philadelphia.
“We all benefit when strong enforcement gets unsafe drivers or vehicles off the road, allowing good drivers and their passengers to travel our highways with confidence,” state Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said in a news release.
Our Binghamton accident attorneys applaud the state’s efforts for removing unsafe buses and drivers from our NY highways. We also encourage bus travelers to review bus companies’ safety records prior to boarding a bus.
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