Thursday, December 19, 2013

Operation Quick Strike Shuts Down Unsafe Bus Companies

In a recent effort to stop unsafe motor coach operations, DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shut down 52 bus companies and 340 vehicles that failed in-depth safety reviews. The 8-month long Operation Quick Strike was part of FMCSA's three-phase motor coach safety initiative to "raise the bar for safety" in the industry. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says that as bus travel increases in popularity due to more affordable options, it is important that safety remains a top priority. "Through Operation Quick Strike and our regular enforcement efforts, we're shutting down companies that put passengers at risk and educating the public on safe motor coach travel," Foxx says.

FMCSA reports that companies were shut down due to failures to maintain buses, inadequate drug and alcohol driver testing programs, and widespread hours-of-service violations. Visit DOT's website for more information.