Dangers of small bus carriers highlighted by recent investigation

April 12th, 2013 - by DKRPA

One of the major topics we cover here on this blog is the negligent nature of bus carriers. Not necessarily big bus carriers, mind you (though they are susceptible to mistakes and reckless behavior as well) — but the small carriers that no one would consider to investigate.

It has been a major thorn in the sides of federal safety officials over the past few years. Small bus carriers may be shut down based on their negligence — but they carry on their services under different names, with different vehicles and with a new look. That does not make it any safer to ride these carriers; but it buys them the time necessary to make a few bucks while not addressing any of the legitimate safety issues they have.

A case in Connecticut proves this point. A bus carrier, which was told to shut down by federal safety officials, continued operating and was ultimately discovered by a local TV station which performed an undercover investigation. They ordered a trip, which the carrier gladly accepted, and the experience was exactly what many would expect.

The driver talked on his cell phone constantly; he drove well above the speed limit; and the vehicle he was using had a busted door and a very dirty interior. Prompted by the driver to seek out the “base” that the carrier called home, the TV station discovered a small home where no one answered — and the yard was covered in trash.

Small bus carriers may provide an in-demand service; but that does not excuse their negligent behavior.

Source: ABC40, “ABC40 Investigation: Bus Company Ignores Shutdown Order,” April 4, 2013

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